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for rural electrification.

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PV Off Grid power from the sun ...


Solar home systems

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Overview of devices

Night light systems

Overview of devices

Stecas charging technology


Inverter systems
Overview of devices

Hybrid systems

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Single-phase hybrid systems


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Three-phase hybrid systems
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Single-phase or three-phase Steca AC hybrid systems 18
Steca Solsafe
Overview of devices

Selecting an inverter and general recommendations

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Solar charge controllers


Steca PR
Steca Solsum F
Steca PR
Steca PR 2020 IP
Steca Solarix PRS
Steca Solarix MPPT
Steca Solarix
Steca Tarom
Steca Power Tarom

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Sine wave inverters

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Steca Solarix PI
Steca Solarix PI with Steca Tarom
Steca AJ
Steca XPC
Steca Xtender XTM
Steca Xtender XTH

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Voltage converters
Steca Solsum VC
Steca MDC / MDCI

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Solar refrigerator / freezer


Steca PF 166

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Energy-saving lights
Solar Home Systems

Inverter Systems

Hybrid Systems

Steca Solsum ESL


Steca ULED11

Company

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Accessories
Steca temperature sensors
Steca PA Tarcom
Steca PA HS200
Steca PA 15
Steca PA EV200 DC
Steca PA RC100
Steca PA IRS 1008/180
Steca RCC-02
Steca PAx4

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Environmental protection in series


Steca product ranges

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Symbols

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PV Off Grid

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C intelligent systems from Steca:

apture the suns energy using

Growth based on reliability, - in use


all over the world."

Power from the sun ...


... for rural electrification.

Two billion people in rural areas still have no access


to an electricity grid. Steca has set itself the target of
improving the quality of life of these people. To this
end, Steca develops and manufactures top-quality
products which, thanks to their long lifetime, ensure
extremely low costs.

Today, modern and professional electricity supplies


are necessary in every part of the world. For these
supplies, the focus is on high industrial demands,
flexibility, environmental sustainability and reliability.
Steca system technology for hybrid and telecommunication systems unites these aspects, thereby creating a basis for the forthcoming multimedia and
communication age.

Solar home systems

Inverter systems

Single-phase and three-phase


hybrid systems

Steca solar charge controllers

Steca sine wave inverters

Accessories

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S olar Home S ystems

Overview of devices:

Steca PR
Solar charge controller
3 - 5 A, 12 V
(page 24)

Steca Solsum F
Solar charge controller
5 - 10 A, 12 / 24 V
(page 25)

Steca Solarix PRS


Solar charge controller
10 - 30 A, 12 / 24 V
(page 28)

Steca Solsum VC
Voltage converter
1,5 A, 3 / 6 / 7,5 / 9 / 12 V
(page 42)

Steca Solsum ESL


Energy-saving light
5 W, 7 W, 11 W / 12 V
(page 45)

Steca ULED 11
Energy-saving light
1.1 W / 12 V
(page 46)

Steca PR
Solar charge controller
10 - 30 A, 12 / 24 V
(page 26)

Steca Solarix MPPT


Maximum Power Point Tracker
20 A, 12 / 24 V
(page 29)

S olar Home S ystems

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Steca PF 166
Solar refrigerator/freezer
12 / 24 V
(page 44)

South Africa

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Solar home
systems
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with Steca solar charge controllers.

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A solar home system consists of a Steca solar charge
controller, one or more solar modules, a battery and
the connected loads.

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B
C
D
E

The Steca solar charge controllers control the energy


flow of the entire system. They make sure that the
solar module charges the battery quickly and effectively, but they also protect the battery against overcharging. If the loads discharge the battery, the solar
charge controller, thanks to its precision in calculating the state of charge, switches off the load at exactly the right moment, thus protecting the battery
from the dangers of deep discharge.
Furthermore, Steca solar charge controllers are
equipped with an intelligent battery monitoring system. The most effective charging method is selected
according to the requirements of the batteries. The
solar charge controller is the central controlling
component in solar home systems, for it affects all
the functions of the system. For this reason, it is important to choose a reliable and high-performance
solar charge controller.

The solar charge controller is connected directly to


the battery using a cable as short as possible, and
fixed to the wall near to the battery, so that it can be
effectively cooled by the passing air flow.

Key:
Solar modules
Solar charge controller
Battery
Generator junction box
Electrical load

In principle, the battery is always connected to the


solar charge controller first. Then the solar module array is connected to the solar module input of
the solar charge controller. Only direct current loads
are used in solar home systems. They are connected
directly to the load output of the solar charge con-

troller. This means the Steca solar charge controllers


always show the batterys exact state of charge, and
thus ensure optimal battery maintenance in all situations. Various Steca energy-saving lights, Steca solar
cooling units, DC-to-DC converters and other loads
can be used.

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Sri Lanka

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Steca PR
Solar charge controller
10 - 30 A, 12 / 24 V
(page 26)

Steca Solsum F
Solar charge controller
5 - 10 A, 12 / 24 V
(page 25)

Steca Solarix MPPT


Maximum Power Point Tracker
20 A, 12 / 24 V
(Page 29)

Steca Tarom
Solar charge controller
30 - 45 A, 12 / 24 / 48 V
(page 31)

Steca PA EV200 DC
DC relay
12 / 24 / 48 V
(page 51)

Steca PA IRS 1008/180


Motion detector
(page 52)

Steca Solarix PRS


Solar charge controller
10 - 30 A, 12 / 24 V
(page 28)

Steca PR 2020 IP
Solar charge controller
20 A, 12 / 24 V
(page 27)

Steca PA 15
Remote control
720 W
(page 50)

Steca Power Tarom


Solar charge controller
55 - 140 A, 12 / 24 / 48 V
(page 32)

Steca Solsum ESL


Energy saving lamp
5 W, 7 W, 11 W / 12 V
(page 45)

Steca ULED 11
Energy-saving light
1.1 W / 12 V
(page 46)

Night Light S ystems

Night Light S ystems

Overview of devices:

Steca street lamp with


energy-saving lamp
Steca ESL 11 W

Greece

Night light systems


... are an important special application of
solar home systems.

These fit with the design of the solar home systems,


but are equipped with a special Steca solar charge
controller which automatically turns on the connected lights for a set time after sunset, and turns
them off again the next morning at the latest. These systems are perfectly suited for street lamps and
automatic night-time lighting.

Another special model makes these systems to the


ideal solution for bus stops and similar applications.
Operating in conjunction with a motion detector,
the lamp is only turned on at night time when movement is detected in a specified area. After a few
minutes, the light is then automatically turned off
again. This function can be implemented with any
Steca night light charge controller by connecting it
to an external motion detector.

Duration of night light function


Light on:

All night

After sunset

Before sunrise

Turn-on time
delay

Maximum light
current

Catalogue
page
25

Solar charge controller:


Steca Solsum F

0 - 12 h

10 A

Steca PR

0-8h

30 A

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Steca PR 2020 IP

0-8h

30 A

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Steca Solarix PRS

0 - 12 h*

30 A

28

Steca Solarix MPPT 2010

0 - 12 h

20 A

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Steca Tarom
Steca Power Tarom
Steca PA 15 /
Steca PA 15 with PA EV200 DC relay

0 - 12 h

0-3h

15 A
200 A

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* only for projects with larger order quantities.


The type of night light function selected must be specified in the order.

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U [V]

Figure on the left-hand side

90 %

80 %

State of Charge (SOC)

70 %

60 %
50 %

12,0

40 %

Deep Discharge Protection (SOC = 30%)


20 %

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10 %

Constant Discharge Voltage

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7.5 A

5A

0%

10 A
15 A

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20 A

I = 25 A

30 A

Voltage of battery

Charging Technology

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40 A

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50 A
60 A
80 A

9,0
100
100A

Discharge Current

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7,5

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Capacity

... shows the characteristics of a 12 V lead-acid battery


with a rated capacity of 28 Ah. Its voltage changes in relation to the charge and discharge currents and the state
of charge. If a fixed discharge cut-off voltage of 11.1 V is
now specified, this means that, at a discharge current of
50 A, a full battery is disconnected when its state of charge is still 70% (point 1). This is represented in the diagram by the green line. The majority of the capacity which
is still available cannot be used in this case.
If the same battery is discharged with 5 A, however, the
system disconnects it at the same fixed voltage of 11.1 V,
which in this case means at a state of charge of around
10% (point 2).
This is already a dangerously low state of charge which
can result in significant damage to the battery. Only with
a discharge current of 25 A would the battery in this case
be correctly disconnected at an SOC of 30% (point 3).

Which chargers from Steca carry the optimised


algorithm?
The Steca product range is divided into two lines.
One is optimised for use in simple applications with
less demand and equipped with the minimum necessary features. The other line is designed to cover
high-end demand to supply a good communication
interface to the user and optimised battery maintenance features. For both lines there exist solar charge controllers in a wide power range. All chargers
equipped with the special Steca State of Charge
algorithm are marked with the SOC symbol in this
catalogue (see overview page 59).

Using the Steca state of charge algorithm the charger is


able to disconnect the battery at the correct threshold
with any discharge current. The cut-off voltage is determined by the point at which the 30% line crosses the
discharge current line (Steca SOC deep-discharge protection). Only a method of this kind can ensure that the
battery is maintained correctly, and thus has a long service
life.

Charging Technology

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Stecas charging technology


The Steca products stand out thanks to an
optimal state of charge determination. This
is the key to the batteries having a long
service life.

What does SOC mean?


SOC means the current state of charge of the battery. This is given as a percentage. A battery is fully charged when the SOC is at 100%. The lowest
value which can be reached is 0%. In theory, all
other values in between can be reached, but most
types of batteries should not reach state of charge
values of less than 30%. Such values can quickly lead
to dangerous deep discharges which decrease the
service life of the batteries or destroy them directly.
A batterys state of charge should not be confused
with its remaining available capacity. The actual remaining capacity depends on many parameters such
as the temperature, age and history of the battery and many others. It is possible to gain a rough
estimate of a batterys current remaining capacity by
multiplying the correct state of charge of the battery by its rated capacity. As the age of the battery
increases, however, the rated capacity can change
significantly, which means that the prediction of the
available capacity can be strongly distorted.

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Why is a state of charge determination


so important?
During charging, the solar charge controller has to
know when the battery is fully charged so that it
can protect it against overcharging at the right moment and in the correct manner. When discharging
the battery it is equally important to know the state of charge in order to protect the battery against
harmful deep discharge. In order to carry out this
function, there are various criteria which can indicate how full the battery is at a given time. Some
of these criteria are better suited than others. The
simplest and most common criterion is the voltage
of the battery. With this method, a fixed charge
cut-off voltage is defined. When this voltage is reached, charging is stopped. A fixed deep discharge threshold is also defined. If the battery voltage
falls below this value, the load is switched off. This
method is simple, since the voltage of the battery is
easy to measure precisely, yet it is not ideal for most
types of batteries because their state of charge does
not change in direct proportion to the voltage. Low
discharge currents are common in solar power systems in particular. This leads to inadequate battery
maintenance if fixed voltage values determine the
charging or discharging processes. The full-charge
and deep-discharge thresholds provide better so-

lutions, for the battery currents are taken into account alongside the voltage. But this method does
not allow the state of charge to be determined accurately either, since many important factors are not
considered. Only if the state of charge is calculated
precisely is it possible for the solar charge controller
to treat the battery correctly, to end a charge cycle
using the solar module at the correct time and to
switch off a load neither too early nor not too late.
For this reason, Steca has developed a high-performance algorithm with which the state of charge can
be calculated with a sufficient degree of accuracy
and the battery can be optimally protected.

How does Stecas state of charge determination


work?
Stecas algorithm for determining a batterys state of
charge is a combination of various methods which
ensure that the SOC is calculated accurately enough
and delivers reliable, stable values over a long period
of time. Furthermore, attention is paid to making a
calculation method which can be carried out simply
and at a low cost in various solar charge controllers.
Years of experience in the research and development

of battery state of charge algorithms has led to an


auto-adaptive fuzzy logic algorithm. This includes
the age and usage history of the battery in the calculation as well as the other important parameters.
The battery voltage and its currents and the temperature are constantly measured as accurately as
possible by the solar charge controller. During a learning phase, the solar charge controller estimates the
state of charge on the basis of experience values. At
the same time, the controller monitors the behaviour of the battery and adjusts various parameters
to the current system. The learning phase lasts for a
few cycles. The advantage of this method is that it
makes it possible to respond dynamically to the requirements of the system and individually adjust the
battery maintenance to the requirements of every
individual system. This feature explains the high performance and reliability of the Steca battery state of
charge algorithm. At the same time, this algorithm
guarantees optimum battery maintenance, which
is reflected in the long service life of the battery. In
addition, the user benefits from the fact that the
batterys current state of charge can be displayed,
which means the user constantly has optimal control
over the system.

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Inverter S ystems

Overview of devices:

Steca PR
Solar charge controller
10 - 30 A, 12 / 24 V
(page 26)

Steca Solarix PRS


Solar charge controller
10 - 30 A, 12 / 24 V
(page 28)

Steca Solarix
Solar charge controller
40 A, 12 / 24 / 48 V
(page 30)

Steca Solarix MPPT


Maximum Power Point Tracker
20 A, 12 / 24 V
(page 29)

DC

Steca Solarix PI
Sine wave inverter
550 - 1,100 W, 12 / 24 V
(page 33)

Steca Tarom
Solar charge controller
30 - 45 A, 12 / 24 / 48 V
(page 31)

Inverter S ystems

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Steca AJ
Sine wave inverter
500 - 2,400 W, 12 / 24 / 48 V
(page 36)

AC

Inverter
systems
D

for both AC and DC.

B
C

Inverter systems are designed as solar home


systems. The central solar charge controller
ensures the battery is charged correctly and protects
it against overcharging. In addition, a stand-alone
inverter is connected directly to the battery in these
systems so that AC appliances can be operated.

Key:
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B
C
D
E
F

Solar modules
Solar charge controller
Battery
Sine wave inverter
Generator junction box
Electrical load
(12 V ... 48 V DC, 115 V ... 230 V AC)

If DC appliances are also used, they can be connected directly to the charge controller.
An AC system can be created with a system voltage
or battery voltage of 12 V, and also with 24 V or 48
V for greater capacities.
The simple system concept makes installation quick
and easy.

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Steca Tarom
Solar charge controller
30 - 45 A, 12 / 24 / 48 V
(page 31)

Steca PA 15
Solar charge controller
10 - 30 A, 12 / 24 V
(page 50)

Steca Power Tarom


Solar charge controller
55 - 140 A, 12 / 24 / 48 V
(page 32)

Steca PA HS200
Shunt
10 - 65 V
(Page 49)

DC

Hyb rid S ystems

Hyb rid S ystems

Overview of devices:

Steca XPC
Sine wave inverter
1,400 W - 2,200 W
(page 37)

Steca PA Tarcom
Data logger
12 / 24 / 48 V
(page 48)

Steca Xtender XTM


Sine wave inverter
1,500 W - 36,000 W
(page 38)

Steca Xtender XTH


Sine wave inverter
3,000 W - 72,000 W
(page 40)

AC

Austria

Hybrid systems

The main feature of a hybrid system is the


use of two or more different electricity sources.
Alongside solar energy, photovoltaic hybrid systems
generally employ a diesel generator, a wind turbine
or the public grid as a further electricity source. The
inverters used in hybrid systems, which have integrated battery chargers, supply the connected AC loads
according to demand from the battery bank of solar
energy or the second electricity source. These devices
also allow the batteries to be recharged from the
extra energy source.

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Photovoltaic hybrid systems offer the advantage that


the solar generator does not have to be significantly oversized for periods of low sunlight. This avoids
substantial costs. When selecting its energy source,
the system always gives priority to the energy provided by the module. In combination with a controllable second source, the energy supply remains reliable and available 24 hours a day, all year round.

United Kingdom

Important features for single-phase and


three-phase hybrid systems

Combination of different power sources such


as PV, wind, diesel generators

400 V AC three-phase and 230 V AC singlephase available 24 hours a day

12 V / 24 V or 48 V overall DC bus

Automatic energy management based on the


state of charge calculation of the battery, including automatic start of controllable power
sources like e. g. diesel generators

Optimised battery charging algorithm

Data logger function with automatic alarm


and remote monitoring (GSM)

Optimised system efficiency through DC and


AC bus

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Hyb rid S ystems

Hyb rid S ystems

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12/ 24/48 V DC

Single-phase hybrid systems


The central, intelligent element within the system is
the Steca Tarom or Power Tarom solar charge controller: it controls the energy flow and protects the
battery against critical states. Steca Tarom/Power
Tarom is directly connected to the battery, just as the
DC bus is. Using a shunt, the Steca PA HS200, which
is situated on the minus cable attached to the battery, the battery current is measured and this information is passed on to the Steca Tarom / Power Tarom.
Further components, such as an inverter or the Steca
PA 15 remote control, are directly connected to the
DC bus. In order to automatically start a diesel generator if the batterys state of charge (SOC) falls below
an adjustable threshold, the output of the Steca PA
15 is connected to a relay.The normally open contact
of the relay switches the diesel generator on, and
subsequently switches it off again.
The Steca Tarom / Power Tarom controls the DC
hybrid system. The Steca PA HS200 current sensor
transfers all infor mation on the charge and discharge currents at the DC bus to the Steca Tarom / Power Tarom. With the aid of this data, the controller
is able to calculate the current state of charge of
the battery. This information is transferred via the
DC cabling (powerline modulation) to all connected
Steca PA 15. Every Steca PA 15 can be independently configured to a certain switch-on and switch-off
threshold of the state of charge.
If, in the above example, the inverter is discharging
the battery, then this information is transferred to
the Steca Tarom / Power Tarom, which calculates
the state of charge. As soon as the state of charge falls below the appointed threshold value of the
connected Steca PA 15 (e.g. 30 %), the controller
switches on the diesel generator via a relay. The load

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230 V AC

12 / 24 / 48 V DC

400 V AC

Key:

Key:

A
B
C
D
E
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G
H
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B
C
D
E
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G
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Solar modules
Solar charge controller Steca Power Tarom
Battery
Sine wave inverter Steca HPC
Data logger Steca PA Tarcom
Current sensor (Shunt) Steca PA HS200
Electrical load (230 V AC)
Remote control Steca PA 15
Diesel generator
Public grid/Wind energy

is now being supplied from the generator, and at the


same time the battery is being recharged. After the
state of charge has reached the Steca PA 15s appointed upper value (e.g. 90 %), the diesel generator
is switched off again.
In order to create an automatic energy management
system, the AC output of the diesel generator is connected to the AC input of the inverter (with integrated battery charger). The load is always connected to
the output of the inverter. If the diesel generator is
running, and this current flows to the inverter, then
the inverter automatically switches to transfer mode. The loads are supplied from the diesel generator
whilst the battery recharges via the inverter. If the
AC output voltage of the diesel generator falls under a certain voltage level, which can be adjusted on
the inverter, then battery operation is automatically
switched back on.
This system allows for automatic energy management which gets optimum use from the available
solar energy, maintains the batteries reliably, and ensures electricity supply around the clock.

Three-phase hybrid systems


The control concept is similar to that of the singlephase system. If more than one Steca Tarom / Power
Tarom is employed, one of the devices must be desig
nated as the master Tarom. All other charge controllers are then automatically designated as slave
Taroms. The master Tarom / Power Tarom is directly
connected to the battery and all slaves are connected
to the DC bus. Only the master Tarom / Power Tarom
shows the correct state of charge on its display and
controls the energy flow around the system. Slave
Taroms / Power Taroms perform the function of controlling the charging from the connected PV modules.

Solar modules
Solar charge controller Steca Power Tarom
Battery
3 sine wave inverter Steca Xtender XTH
Data logger Steca PA Tarcom
Current sensor (Shunt) Steca PA HS200
Electrical load (400 V AC)
Remote control Steca PA 15
Diesel generator
Public grid/Wind energy

In order to assemble a three-phase energy supply,


three inverters are connected to the DC bus. For this,
the inverters must be specially designed in order to
allow three-phase operation. Various three-phase
generators can be connected to the three inverters
for controlled recharging of the battery via a Steca
PA 15 and a relay. These may be wind, water, or diesel generators; or the public grid. Suitable inverters
with integrated battery chargers in three-phase mode are the Steca Xtender devices, which can be employed from 12 V / 2 kW to 48 V / 24 kW per phase.
In total, a maximum of 72 kW can be supplied.
Both single-phase and three-phase hybrid system
concepts are based on the same principles of energy
management. With the help of the Steca PA HS200
current sensor, the charge and discharge currents of
the components, such as slave Taroms / Power Taroms,
inverters etc., are determined and communicated
to the master Tarom / Power Tarom. Based on the
calculated state of charge of the battery, the Steca
PA 15 switches the extra generator on or off. The
three single-phase inverters switch off if the voltage
falls below a given threshold in order to protect the
battery from deep discharge.

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B

E
B

C
C

Hyb rid S ystems

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C

C
C

D
H
D

D
H

A
A

Overview of devices:

Key:
A
B

Single-phase and three-phase


Steca AC hybrid systems
With very large load requirements, AC-coupled hybrid
systems can provide a sensible alternative to the very
effective and cheap to implement DC hybrid systems.
This topology is beneficial if the largest part of the
loading is required on the AC side (L) during the day.
Steca AC hybrid systems can be implemented using
the Steca grid and Sinus inverters (B and C).
Various generators (A and E) are coupled to the AC
bus. In addition, bi-directional Steca Sinus inverters
(C) are deployed, which are used for charging the
batteries and can also be used for supplying the load
if the AC generators (A and E) supply insufficient
power. In addition, it is also possible to couple solar
generators via a Steca solar charge controller (D) directly to the batteries (H) on the DC side.
If insufficient energy is available in the system to supply the load, a diesel generator (G) can be automatically started, which then supplies the load directly in
the AC transfer mode while simultaneously charging
the batteries. When the batteries are full, the diesel
generator (G) is automatically switched off. The load
(L) is then once again supplied directly from the generators (A and E) on the AC side.
If insufficient power is available, the Sinus inverters
(C) provide the additionally required power from the
batteries. These form and control the AC grid.

C
D
E
F
G
H
L

Solar modules
Grid inverter
StecaGrid 2010+ (single-phase)
StecaGrid 10000 3ph (three-phase)
Sine wave inverter Steca Xtender XTH /
Steca Xtender XTM
Solar charge controller Steca Power Tarom
Wind turbines
Inverter for wind turbines
Diesel generator
Battery
Electrical load (230 V AC or 400 V AC)

If the solar generators (A) or other generators (E)


provide excess power on the AC side, the Sinus
inverters (C) will initially use this to recharge the batteries. If the batteries are full and there is still more
power available than is required by the load (L), the
Steca Sinus inverters will increase the frequency of
the AC grid. The Steca grid inverters (B) then switch
off the solar generators (A) one after the other until
the energy balance in the overall system is restored.
If the load requirement (G) increases, the Steca grid
inverters (B) switch on again. This enables largescale Steca AC hybrid systems to be automatically
controlled.

The required bi-directional Steca Sinus inverters


Steca Xtender XTH / Steca Xtender XTM (C) can be
used in both single-phase and three-phases cases.
Up to three devices can be connected in parallel per
phase. This means that a total of 24 kW per phase is
available, with a maximum of 72 kW in three-phase
operation.
Diesel generators (G) can be used to produce up to
100 kW. This enables AC hybrid systems to be implemented with outputs ranging from around 10 kW to
several 100 kW.

Steca Power Tarom


Solar charge controller
55 - 140 A, 12 / 24 / 48 V
(page 32)
Steca Xtender XTM
Sine wave inverter
1,500 W - 36,000 W
(page 40)
StecaGrid 2010+
Grid inverter
2,000 W up to several 10,000 W
(Steca PV Grid Connected)
StecaGrid 10 000 3ph
Grid inverter
10,000 W up to several 100,000 W
(Steca PV Grid Connected)

With very large outputs, this kind of Steca AC hybrid


system can also be designed as a three-phase system
in order to supply corresponding loads directly. Here
the StecaGrid 10000 3ph grid inverters (B) provide
direct three-phase feeding on the AC side.
South Africa

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Africa

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Steca XPC
Sine wave inverter
1,400 W - 2,200 W
(page 37)

Steca Xtender XTM


Sine wave inverter
1,500 W - 36,000 W
(page 38)

DC

Steca Xtender XTH


Sine wave inverter
3,000 W - 72,000 W
(page 40)

DC

E
AC

20|

StecaGrid 10 000 3ph


Grid inverter
10,000 W up to several 100,000 W

(Steca PV Grid Connected)

(Steca PV Grid Connected)

StecaGrid 9000 3ph


(not shown)

AC

Blackout - and yet it stays light!

Large-scale power supply failures are becoming increasingly common. With emergency
systems such as generators or uninterruptible power supplies (UPS), the power supply
can be assured.

Key:

Yet, in the event of a power outage, the grid-connected PV system also stops working. This means
that although power may be available, it cannot be
used. The Solsafe system offers a simple, efficient
and cost-effective solution to this problem.

If there is a grid outage, the hybrid system inverter automatically switches mode to operate as a sine
wave inverter, and continues to feed power to the
supplied loads (G) without any interruption. Because
the grid inverter can no longer supply power to the
grid, its output is channelled directly to the supplied
loads (G) by the ARM-01 relay module (C). In this
way, the loads can receive power directly from the
grid inverter of the solar modules. At the same time, the battery can be recharged with the available
solar energy, which increases the length of time for
which the supplied loads can receive power during
the night.

Installing one of our combined inverters Steca XPC,


Steca Compact, Steca HPC, Steca Xtender XTM or
Steca Xtender XTH with the supplementary ARM-01
relay module and a battery system turns any gridconnected PV system into an emergency power supply in the event of a power outage. If the public grid
is available, the electrical output generated by the
solar modules is fed directly into the grid by the grid
inverter (B) and the grid-feed electricity meter (D).
In parallel to this, the unsupplied loads (H) receive
power directly from the grid, via the consumption
electricity meter (E). The batteries are kept fully charged from the public grid via the hybrid system inverter (F), and, if necessary, they are recharged. Furthermore, the supplied loads (G) receive power from the
public grid during transfer mode.

StecaGrid 2010+
Grid inverter
2,000 W up to several 10,000 W
StecaGrid 2000+,
StecaGrid 1900
(not shown)

Steca Solsafe

Solasafe S-Box
Anti-blackout system
for Steca sine wave
inverter

AC

StecaGrid 300 and


StecaGrid 500
Grid inverter
300 W - 3,600 W
(Steca PV Grid Connected)

ARM-01
Relay module
for Steca sine wave
inverter

S olsafe Technology

S olsafe Technology

Overview of devices:

A
B
C
D
E
F
G
H

Solar modules
Grid inverter
Relay module ARM-01
Grid-feed electricity meter
Consumption electricity meter
Sine wave inverter
Supplied loads
Unsupplied loads

With this set-up, the capacity of the battery can be


kept small, allowing for an optimal design of system
costs.
The Solsafe system is fully automatic, and can be integrated into any new or existing PV system.
Solsafe ensures the power supply, and furthermore allows the solar energy to be fully utilised.

Why choose Steca Solsafe?

It allows great system flexibility. The grid inverter


is designed according to the PV generator, and
the sine wave inverter according to the desired
emergency power supply.

The PV systems output and operating voltage


can be freely selected, and do not depend on the
size and battery voltage of the emergency power
supply.

It should be noted, however, that the AC output


of the grid inverter may never be greater than
the rated output of the sine wave inverter.

The PV voltage of the grid inverter does not


depend on the battery voltage.

Existing grid-connected solar power systems can


be fitted with Steca Solsafe without alterations
of any kind.

The available PV capacity is added to that of


the sine wave inverter in the event of a power
outage, or the solar power is stored in the
battery.

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Inverter S election

General recommendations
for alternating current and hybrid systems.
Selecting an inverter
The power of the inverter must be selected according
to the way it will be used. The sum of the power of
all loads must not exceed the rated power of the inverter. The maximum power of the inverter must be
able to cover the starting currents of the loads.
In order to allow the connection of more loads, Steca
recommends overdimensioning the inverter.

Cbatt 5 h * Pnom / Unom

Sine wave inverters


In contrast to so-called square wave or trapezoidal
inverters (grey square curve), Steca sine wave inverters produce a real and precisely controlled sinus
wave (red sinus wave) at their output. The sinus
wave inverters assure that all loads which are suitable for grid operation can also be operated on a
solar home system without any problems. Furthermore, they offer the advantage that no significant
noises are produced in the inverter and there is no
loud background noise to be heard on a connected
radio, for example.

Inverter selection

a high overload capacity, particularly in the start-up


phase. The battery must also possess a large enough
capacity so that sufficient currents are made available to the inverter in the start-up phase. We recommend choosing the battery size according to the following formula: the battery capacity should be at
least five times as large as the rated power of the
inverter divided by the rated voltage of the battery.
Pnom is the rated power of the inverter in watts and
Unom is the rated voltage of the battery.
Pnom inverter

Unom battery

Battery capacity

200 W

12 V

> 100 Ah

500 W

12 V

> 200 Ah

1,000 W

12 V

> 400 Ah

2,000 W

12 V

> 800 Ah

2,000 W

24 V

> 400 Ah

3,500 W

24 V

> 700 Ah

3,500 W

48 V

> 350 Ah

5,000 W

48 V

> 500 Ah

7,000 W

48 V

> 700 Ah

General recommend ations

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Sine wave
Selecting the system voltage
Inverters

Square wave

Steca AJ

Selecting the PV generator and solar charge


controller

Steca Solarix PI

48

The solar module array has to be adjusted to the local


sunlight conditions and the systems energy requirement. In order to avoid stagnation times, the PV generator must also provide enough power during months
with little solar radiation in order to cover the requirement of the connected loads.

24

12
(V)

100

500

1,000

2,000

10,000 (W AC)

5,000

Inverters with battery chargers

Steca
XPC

Steca
Xtender XTM

The chosen solar charge controller must also be suitable for the maximum short-circuit current of the PV
generator and the maximum load current. In some applications, however, technical properties also play an
important role in the choice of solar charge controller.
This may mean that a high-performance solar charge
controller with corresponding additional functions is
used in a system with a low output.
In order to keep the initial investment small, we recommend planning the size of the PV generator and battery according to the current energy consumption and
choosing a solar charge controller which will allow the
system to be expanded later.

Steca
Xtender XTH

48

Selecting the battery


24
12
(V)

22|

1,000

2,000

3,000

5,000

10,000

20,000

50,000

100,000 (W AC)

The power requirement of the loads should be the


decisive factor when choosing the system voltage.
The higher the power, the higher the system voltage.
If no 12 V DC loads are connected to the system,
a higher system voltage of 24 V or 48 V should be
chosen in order to reduce the alternating currents,
and thus the losses on the DC side. Inverters also
generally work more effectively with a higher input
voltage. All in all, a higher system voltage leads to
the system having a greater efficiency, since losses
are reduced

Cable lengths and cross sections


Direct currents in inverter systems are typically large. For this reason, it is important to dimension
the cables between the battery and the inverter appropriately. Always connect the inverter directly to
the battery. The cable you use should be as short
as possible. In addition, the cable cross section
should match the expected flow of current. In case
of doubt, a thicker cable should be chosen. This can
have a significant influence on the overall behaviour
of the system. Using thick and short cables can limit
losses and thus allow you to create a system with a
better level of efficiency and/or better performance.
If the cables on the direct current side of the inverter are included in the delivery, these should not be
lengthened, and a smaller cross section should not
be used.

In order to also be able to supply loads with high


requirements without any problems, the size of the
battery must be chosen with care. Some critical loads such as fridges, freezers, pumps and motors need
extremely high starting currents in their start-up
phases. In order to be able to power such loads, it
is important to use a high-performance inverter with

|23

Steca Solsum F

PR 0303, PR 0505

6.6F, 8.8F, 10.10F

The Steca PR 0303 and PR 0505 solar charge controllers are


optimally suited for use in small solar home systems with module currents up to 5 A.

The Steca Solsum F-Line continues the huge success of one


of the most used SHS controllers. With a power range of up
to 10 A at automatically recognized 12 V or 24 V it fits to a
system sizes of maximum 240 W.
The circuit board is completely electronically protected and
with the LED user interface it is easy to check the battery state of charge at any time. Large terminals guarantee a simple
connection of solar panels, battery and load. The Steca Solsum F works on PWM as a low loss series controller.

Product features

Voltage regulation

Automatic detection of voltage

Series controller

PWM control

Voltage regulation

Multistage charging technology

PWM control

Current compensated load disconnection

Multistage charging technology

Automatic load reconnection

Current compensated load disconnection

Temperature compensation

Automatic load reconnection

Temperature compensation

Common positive grounding or negative grounding on


one terminal

Common positive grounding or negative grounding on


one terminal

Monthly maintenance charge

33

146

4
x

90

80

4x

Electronic protection functions

Electronic protection functions

145

Overcharge protection

Deep discharge protection

Deep discharge protection

Reverse polarity protection of load, module and battery

Reverse polarity protection of load, module and battery

Automatic electronic fuse

Automatic electronic fuse

Short circuit protection of load and module

Short circuit protection of load and module

Overvoltage protection at module input

Overvoltage protection at module input

Characterisation of the operating performance

System voltage

12 V

Open circuit protection without battery

System voltage

Open circuit protection without battery

Own consumption

3 mA

Own consumption

Reverse current protection at night

DC input side

Reverse current protection at night

Overtemperature and overload protection

Open circuit voltage solar module

Battery overvoltage shutdown

Overcharge protection

136

PR 0303

Module current

< 47 V
3A

5A

3A

5A

Multi-coloured LED

Boost charge voltage

14.4 V

3 multi-coloured LEDs show operating states

Reconnection voltage (LVR)

12.5 V

Deep discharge protection (LVD)

11 V 11.5 V

Terminal (fine / single wire)

Certificates

Displays

10.10F

< 4 mA

DC input side
Open circuit voltage solar module
Module current

< 47 V
6A

Load current

6 mm2 / 10 mm2 - AWG 10 / 8


IP 32
146 x 90 x 33 mm

6A

End of charge voltage

Multi-coloured LED

Boost charge voltage

4 LEDs show operating states


for operation, state of charge, fault messages

8A

10 A

8A

10 A

13.9 V (27.8 V)
14.4 V (28.8 V)

Reconnection voltage (LVR)

12.4 V 12.7 V
(24.8 V 25.4 V)

Deep discharge protection (LVD)

11.2 V 11.6 V
(22.4 V 23.2 V)

Operating conditions

Options

Dimensions (X x Y x Z)
Weight

8.8F
12 V (24 V)

Multifunction LED display

-25 C +50 C

Degree of protection

Night light function pre-set in the factory or adjustable


via Steca PA RC 100

Parameterisation of function values via Steca PA RC 100

160 g

Approved by the World Bank for Laos

Compliant with European Standards (CE)

RoHS compliant

Compliant with European Standards (CE)

Made in Germany

RoHS compliant

Developed in Germany

Developed in Germany

Manufactured according to ISO 9001 and ISO 14001

Manufactured according to ISO 9001 and ISO 14001

Technical data at 25 C / 77 F

6.6F

Fitting and construction

Manual load switch

Battery overvoltage shutdown

Operating conditions
Ambient temperature

Operation

Overtemperature and overload protection

135

DC output side
13.7 V

for operation, state of charge, fault messages

DC output side
End of charge voltage

PR 0505

Characterisation of the operating performance

Load current

Displays

100

Series controller

30

Product features

[6 A ... 10 A]

87

[3 A ... 5 A]

A 75 Wp module can be connected, which easily allows operation of lamps, radios and a small television. All loads can be
switched off using the manual load switch on the controller.
The extremely low own consumption makes the Steca PR especially suitable for professional applications in telecommunications and traffic management technology. Since this is a
serial controller, it is extremely flexible in the type of power
source that can be connected. The electronic fuse makes the
controller completely maintenance-free and robust.

S olar Charge Controllers

Steca PR

MADE IN GERMANY

S olar Charge Controllers

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Ambient temperature
Terminal (fine / single wire)

4 mm2 / 6 mm2 - AWG 12 / 9

Degree of protection

IP 32

Dimensions (X x Y x Z)

145 x 100 x 30 mm

Weight

Certificates

-25 C +50 C

Fitting and construction

approx. 150 g

Technical data at 25 C / 77 F

Steca PA RC100
Remote control
(page 52)

[areas of application]

24|

[areas of application]
60 W

240 W

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Steca PR 2020 IP

PR 1010, PR 1515, PR 2020, PR 3030

IP 65 version

The Steca PR 10-30 series of charge controllers is the highlight in the range.

The functionality of the Steca PR 2020 IP is based on the


Steca PR line of solar charge controllers.

The latest charging technologies, combined with a StecaAtonIC state of charge determination which has been significantly improved once again, result in optimal battery maintenance and control of the module output of up to 900 Wp
which can be connected to it. A large display informs the
user about all operating modes with the aid of symbols. The
state of charge is represented visually in the form of a tank
display. Data such as voltage, current and state of charge can
also be displayed digitally as figures on the display. In addition, the controller has an energy meter which can be reset
by the user.

This is equipped with a large display which shows the current


state of charge (SOC) as a percentage and graphically in the
form of a tank. The key component of the charge controller
is the state of charge determination, which has been significantly improved. The auto-adaptive state of charge algorithm
results in optimal battery maintenance and control over the
module output of up to 480 Wp which can be connected
to it. The Steca PR 2020 IP has been specially designed for
operation in difficult environments with high salt, moisture
and dust content.

[10 A ... 30 A]

Multistage charging technology

Load disconnection depending on SOC

Automatic load reconnection

Temperature compensation

Common positive grounding or negative grounding on


one terminal

4x

PWM control

Multistage charging technology

Load disconnection depending on SOC

Automatic load reconnection

Temperature compensation

Common positive grounding or negative grounding on


one terminal

Integrated data logger

Night light function

Integrated self test

Integrated data logger

Night light function

Monthly maintenance charge

Integrated self test

Integrated energy meter

Monthly maintenance charge

177

PR 1010 PR 1515 PR 2020 PR 3030


Characterisation of the operating performance
System voltage

Overcharge protection

Own consumption

Deep discharge protection

DC input side

Reverse polarity protection of load, module and battery

Open circuit voltage solar module

12 V (24 V)
12.5 mA
< 47 V

Module current

10 A

15 A

20 A

30 A

55

Automatic detection of voltage

Electronic protection functions

122
4x

,3

110

Electronic protection functions

PR 2020-IP

Overcharge protection

Characterisation of the operating performance

Deep discharge protection

System voltage

Reverse polarity protection of load, module and battery

Own consumption

Automatic electronic fuse

Short circuit protection of load and module

Overvoltage protection at module input

12 V (24 V)
12 mA

DC input side
Open circuit voltage solar module
Module current

< 47 V
20 A

Automatic electronic fuse

Short circuit protection of load and module

Open circuit protection without battery

Load current

Overvoltage protection at module input

End of charge voltage

liquid 13.9 V (27.8 V); gel 14.1 V (28.2 V)

Reverse current protection at night

End of charge voltage

Open circuit protection without battery

Boost charge voltage

14.4 V (28.8 V)

Reverse current protection at night

Equalisation charge

14.7 V (29.4 V)

Overtemperature and overload protection

liquid 13.9 V (27.8 V);


gel 14.1 V (28.2 V)

Battery overvoltage shutdown

Boost charge voltage

14.4 V (28.8 V)

Overtemperature and overload protection

Battery overvoltage shutdown

DC output side
Load current

10 A

15 A

20 A

Reconnection voltage (SOC / LVR)

> 50 % / 12.6 V (25.2 V)

Deep discharge protection (SOC


/ LVD)

< 30 % / 11.1 V (22.2 V)

30 A

Displays

Graphical LCD display

for operating parameters, fault messages, self test

Operation

Simple menu-driven operation

Programming by buttons

Manual load switch

Ambient temperature

16 mm2 / 25 mm2 - AWG 6 / 4

Terminal (fine / single wire)

Graphical LCD display

-10 C +50 C

Fitting and construction

for operating parameters, fault messages, self test

Operation

Terminal (fine / single wire)

16 mm2 / 25 mm2 - AWG 6 / 4


IP 65

Manual load switch

Dimensions (X x Y x Z)

122 x 147 x 55 mm

Weight

350 g

Technical data at 25 C / 77 F

Options

Prepayment interface

External temperature sensor

Alarm contact (page 47)

Options

External temperature sensor (page 47)

Alarm contact* (page 47)

RoHS compliant
Made in Germany

Made in Germany

Developed in Germany

Manufactured according to ISO 9001 and ISO 14001

Steca PA TS10
External temperature sensor
(page 47)

[areas of application]

Weight

350 g

Technical data at 25 C / 77 F

Certificates

Manufactured according to ISO 9001 and ISO 14001

-10 C +50 C

Fitting and construction

RoHS compliant

Ambient temperature

187 x 96 x 44 mm

Compliant with European Standards (CE)

Developed in Germany

< 30 % / 11.1 V (22.2 V)

Operating conditions

Dimensions (X x Y x Z)

Deep discharge protection (SOC / LVD)

Degree of protection

Compliant with European Standards (CE)

> 50 % / 12.6 V (25.2 V)

Programming by buttons

Fit for use in tropical areas (DIN IEC 68 part 2-30)

14.7 V (29.4 V)

Reconnection voltage (SOC / LVR)

Approved by the World Bank for Nepal

Equalisation charge

20 A

IP 32

DC output side

Degree of protection

Certificates

Displays

Operating conditions

26|

State of charge determination with Steca AtonIC (SOC)

147

PWM control

Hybrid controller

90

187

15

Automatic detection of voltage

44

60

State of charge determination with Steca AtonIC (SOC)

96

16

Hybrid controller

[20 A]

Product features

Product features

S olar Charge Controllers

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MADE IN GERMANY

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[areas of application]
720 W

480 W

*special version, if the alarm option is


needed, this needs to be mentioned
on the purchase order.

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Steca Solarix MPPT

PRS 1010, PRS 1515, PRS 2020, PRS 3030

MPPT 2010, MPPT 1010


Steca Solarix MPPT is a solar charge controller with Maximum Power Point Tracking. It is specially designed to work
with all established module technologies and is optimized
for solar systems with module voltages higher than the battery voltage. The Steca Solarix MPPT is especially qualified
in combination with grid tied solar modules. The advanced
MPP-tracking algorithm from Steca assures that the maximum available power of the solar generator is charged to
the batteries. The Steca Solarix MPPT with latest technology
ensures full performance in all conditions, a professional battery
care combined with modern design and excellent protection.

The simplicity and high performance of the Steca Solarix PRS


solar charge controller make it particularly appealing. At the
same time, it offers a modern design and a convenient display, all at an extremely attractive price.

[10 A ... 30 A]

Series controller

Automatic detection of voltage

Voltage and current regulation

PWM control

Multistage charging technology

Current compensated load disconnection

Automatic load reconnection

187

4x

Maximum Power Point Tracker (MPP tracker)

Voltage and current regulation

PWM control

Current compensated load disconnection

Automatic load reconnection

Temperature compensation

Monthly maintenance charge

Temperature compensation

Common positive grounding or negative grounding on


one terminal

177

Overcharge protection

Deep discharge protection

Reverse polarity protection of load, module and battery

Reverse polarity protection by internal fuse

Automatic electronic fuse

Short circuit protection

MPPT 2010

Integrated self test

Overvoltage protection at module input

Monthly maintenance charge

Open circuit protection without battery

Reverse current protection at night

Overtemperature and overload protection

Battery overvoltage shutdown

PRS 1010 PRS 1515 PRS 2020 PRS 3030


System voltage

Overcharge protection

Deep discharge protection

Reverse polarity protection of load, module and battery

Automatic electronic fuse

Module current

Short circuit protection of load and module

DC output side

Overvoltage protection at module input

Battery voltage

Open circuit protection without battery

Reverse current protection at night

12 V (24 V)

Own consumption

< 4 mA

DC input side
< 47 V
10 A

15 A

20 A

30 A

9 V ... 17 V (17.1 V ... 34 V)

Load current

10 A

15 A

20 A

13.9 V (27.8 V)

Boost charge voltage

14.4 V (28.8 V)

Overtemperature and overload protection

Equalisation charge

14.7 V (29.4 V)

Battery overvoltage shutdown

Reconnection voltage (LVR)

12.4 V 12.7 V (24.8 V 25.4 V)

Deep discharge protection (LVD)

11.2 V 11.6 V (22.4 V 23.2 V)

Operating conditions

Displays
Multifunction LED display

Multi-coloured LED

5 LEDs show operating states

Ambient temperature

-25 C +50 C

Fitting and construction

Night light function pre-set in the factory or adjustable


via Steca PA RC 100

Parameterisation of function values via Steca PA RC 100

Multifunction LED display

Module current

Multi-coloured LED

DC output side

5 LEDs show operating states

Compliant with European Standards (CE)

RoHS compliant

Made in Germany

Developed in Germany

Manufactured according to ISO 9001 and ISO 14001

Charge current

Options

Night light function pre-set in the factory or adjustable


via Steca PA RC 100

Parameterisation of function values via Steca PA RC 100

External temperature sensor

20 A

10 A

Load current

10 A

End of charge voltage*

13.9 V (27.8 V)

Boost charge voltage*

14.4 V (28.8 V)

Equalisation charge*

14.7 V (29.4 V)

Reconnection voltage* (LVR)

12.5 V (25 V)

Deep discharge protection* (LVD)

11.5 V (23 V)

Operating conditions
Ambient temperature

-25 C +40 C

Fitting and construction

Certificates

16 mm2 / 25 mm2 - AWG 6 / 4

Terminal (fine / single wire)

16 mm / 25 mm - AWG 6 / 4

Degree of protection

IP 32

Degree of protection

IP 32

RoHS compliant

Dimensions (X x Y x Z)

187 x 153 x 68 mm

Dimensions (X x Y x Z)

187 x 96 x 45 mm

Made in Germany

345 g

Developed in Germany

Manufactured according to ISO 9001 and ISO 14001

Weight

approx. 900 g

* see options

Technical data at 25 C / 77 F

**CAUTION: If an open circuit voltage of more than 100 V is supplied to the connected solar module,
the controller will be destroyed. When selecting the solar module, it is important to bear in mind
that the open circuit voltage should never exceed 100 V over the entire working temperature range.
When using solar modules with a maximum open circuit voltage of between 75 and 100 V (over the
entire temperature range), all installation steps must be carried in accordance with protection class II.

Steca PA TS10
External temperature sensor
(page 47)

Certificates

Open circuit voltage solar module**

15 V (30 V) < Vmodule 15 V (30 V) < Vmodule


<< 100 V
<< 75 V
17 V ... 100 V
17 V ... 75 V
(34 V 100 V)
(34 V 75 V)
18 A
9A

Compliant with European Standards (CE)

Technical data at 25 C / 77 F

10 mA

DC input side

Weight

Options

Own consumption

Terminal (fine / single wire)

for operation, state of charge, fault messages

> 98 %

(at minimum operating temperature)

for operation, state of charge, fault messages

125 W (250 W)

250 W (500 W)

Max. efficiency

MPPT 1010

12 V (24 V)

Nominal power

30 A

End of charge voltage

System voltage

MPP voltage

Displays

Open circuit voltage solar module

177

Characterisation of the operating performance

Characterisation of the operating performance

15

96

60
16

4x

Electronic protection functions

Electronic protection functions

100 %
99 %
98 %

24 V

97 %

12 V

96 %
95 %
94 %

[areas of application]

28|

187

153

45

Product features

68

Product features

For larger projects, the charge controllers can also be equipped


with special functions: e.g. with night light function and selectable charging plateau and deep-discharge protection voltages.

[20 A]

115

Several LEDs in various colours emulate a tank display, which


gives information on the batterys state of charge. Here,
Stecas latest algorithms are employed, resulting in optimal
battery maintenance. The Solarix PRS charge controllers are
equipped with an electronic fuse, thus making optimal protection possible. They operate on the serial principle, and separate the solar module from the battery in order to protect
it against overcharging.

S olar Charge Controllers

Steca Solarix PRS

MADE IN GERMANY

S olar Charge Controllers

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Steca PA RC100
Remote control
(page 52)

93 %

Steca PA RC100
Remote control
(page 52)

92 %
91 %
90 %

720 W

15 W

40 W

85 W

120 W

200 W

280 W

320 W

400 W

Input power

[areas of application]
480 W

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2401, 4401

235, 245, 440


The Steca Tarom is a solar charge controller specifically designed for use in telecommunications applications or in hybrid
photovoltaic systems.
Numerous clever functions allow the user to adjust the controller to the particular features of the system in question.
Thanks to the significantly improved state of charge determination, the system is optimally controlled and batteries
are protected. The Steca Tarom charge controller is the best
choice for system sizes of up to 2400 Wp at three voltage
levels (12 V, 24 V, 48 V).
There is the option of connecting additional devices such as
a temperature sensor, a data logger and a remote control
for configuring and monitoring the system. An integrated Ah
meter also provides the user with information on the energy
budget of the application.

The solar charge controllers Steca Solarix 2401 and 4401 are
optimally suited for inverter systems. The controller combines
basic solar charger functions with a 40 A high-performance
charge controller. It is available as 12 V / 24 V and 48 V system.
This makes the solar charge controller very cost effective.
The load current is limited to 10 A. The charging processes
are based on the voltage level, which can be individually set
with the help of four buttons behind the front casing.

Product features

PWM control

Multistage charging technology

Product features

Load disconnection depending on voltage

Automatic load reconnection

Temperature compensation

Common positive grounding or negative grounding on


one terminal

Integrated self test

Monthly maintenance charge

187

4x

85

Overcharge protection

Deep discharge protection

Reverse polarity protection of load, module and battery

Reverse polarity protection by internal fuse

Automatic electronic fuse

Short circuit protection of load and module

Overvoltage protection at module input

Open circuit protection without battery

DC input side

Reverse current protection at night

Module current

Overtemperature and overload protection

DC output side

Battery overvoltage shutdown

177

2401

for operating parameters, fault messages, self test

4401

13.7 V (27.4 V)

54.8 V

Boost charge voltage

14.4 V (28.8 V)

57.6 V

Equalisation charge

14.7 V (29.4 V)

58.8 V

Reconnection voltage (LVR)

12.6 V (25.2 V)

50.4 V

Deep discharge protection (LVD)

11.1 V (22.2 V)

44.4 V

Battery overvoltage shutdown

Own consumption

12 V (24 V)

48 V
14 mA

10 A

Displays
-10 C +60 C

Fitting and construction

Simple menu-driven operation

Programming by buttons

Degree of protection

IP 32

Manual load switch

Dimensions (X x Y x Z)

187 x 128 x 49 mm

Terminal (fine / single wire)

Weight

16 mm2 / 25 mm2 - AWG 6 / 4

550 g

Technical data at 25 C / 77 F

Interfaces

Load current

Ambient temperature

40 A

Options

Alarm contact (page 47)

Steca PA TSK10
External temperature sensor
(page 47)

235
System voltage

Module current

Alarm contact (page 47)

Compliant with European Standards (CE)

Made in Germany

Developed in Germany

Manufactured according to ISO 9001 and ISO 14001

[areas of application]

12 V (24 V)

48 V

14 mA
35 A

45 A

35 A

45 A

40 A

DC output side
Load current

40 A

End of charge voltage

13.7 V (27.4 V)

54.8 V

Boost charge voltage

14.4 V (28.8 V)

57.6 V

Equalisation charge

14.7 V (29.4 V)

58.8 V

Reconnection voltage (SOC / LVR)

> 50 % / 12.6 V (25.2 V) > 50 % / 50.4 V

Deep discharge protection (SOC / LVD) < 30 % / 11.1 V (22.2 V) < 30 % / 44.4 V
Operating conditions
Ambient temperature

-10 C +60 C

Fitting and construction


Terminal (fine / single wire)

16 mm2 / 25 mm2 - AWG 6 / 4

Degree of protection

IP 32

Dimensions (X x Y x Z)

187 x 128 x 49 mm

Weight

550 g

Technical data at 25 C / 77 F

Steca PA TSK10
External temperature sensor
(page 47)

Steca PA Tarcom
Data logger
(page 48)

Options
External temperature sensor

440

DC input side

RJ45 interface

245

Own consumption

Simple menu-driven operation


Programming by buttons
Manual load switch

Characterisation of the operating performance

Steca PA HS200
Shunt
(page 49)

Certificates

Certificates

30|

Text LCD display


for operating parameters, fault messages, self test

177

Operation

External temperature sensor

4x

Interfaces

RJ45 interface

187

Electronic protection functions

End of charge voltage

System voltage

Operating conditions

Operation

Hybrid controller
State of charge determination with Steca AtonIC (SOC)
Automatic detection of voltage
PWM control
Multistage charging technology
Load disconnection depending on SOC
Automatic load reconnection
Temperature compensation
Common positive grounding or negative grounding on
one terminal
Integrated data logger
Night light function with Steca PA 15
Integrated self test
Monthly maintenance charge
Integrated energy meter
Overcharge protection
Deep discharge protection
Reverse polarity protection of load and module
Reverse polarity protection by internal fuse
Automatic electronic fuse
Short circuit protection of load and module
Overvoltage protection at module input
Open circuit protection without battery
Reverse current protection at night
Overtemperature and overload protection

Characterisation of the operating performance

programmable

Text LCD display

Displays

20

Electronic protection functions

49

Automatic detection of voltage

85

Voltage regulation

[35 A ... 45 A]

20

[40 A]

programmable

Hybrid controller

49

S olar Charge Controllers

Steca Tarom

128

Steca Solarix

128

S olar Charge Controllers

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Approved by the World Bank for Nepal


Compliant with European Standards (CE)
Made in Germany
Developed in Germany
Manufactured according to ISO 9001 and ISO 14001

Steca PA 15
Remote control
(page 50)

[areas of application]
1920 W

1920 W

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2070, 2140, 4055, 4110, 4140

550, 550-L60, 1100, 1100-L60

Specially designed for industrial and outdoor applications,


the Steca Power Tarom comes with an IP 65 casing made of
powder-coated steel.

In developing the Solarix PI sine wave inverter, Steca has


brought about some innovations which are unprecedented in
this form. These are, above all, parallel connection, the novel
operating concept which uses a single rotary switch, direct
communication in order to calculate the state of charge (SOC)
with Steca Tarom and Steca Power Tarom, and the electronic
fuse. Furthermore, our many years of experience have come
into play for deploying these inverters specifically in photovoltaic systems. This comes through, for instance, in the way
that a most diverse range of appliances is provided with a low
operating consumption and a stable energy supply.

This solar charge controller can be used to control system


sizes of up to 8400 Wp at three voltage levels (12 V, 24 V, 48
V). The Steca Power Tarom is based on the technology of the
Steca Tarom controller. When connected in parallel, several
controllers from this series can be operated via a standard DC
bus in a simple solar home system or a hybrid system. This
allows an output of over 20 kWp to be reached.
[55 A ... 140 A]

Product features

OK

Battery overvoltage shutdown

Displays

Text LCD display


for operating parameters, fault messages, self test

Operation

Simple menu-driven operation


Programming by buttons
Manual load switch

MENU

260

Excellent overload capabilities

Optimal battery protection

Automatic load detection

Parallel connectable

Best reliability

Protective insulation according to protection class II

Control by digital signal processor (DSP)

2070

2140

4055

4110

4140

Characterisation of the operating performance


System voltage

12 V (24 V)

48 V

Own consumption
DC input side
Open circuit voltage
solar module
Module current

14 mA
< 50 V

< 100 V

70 A

140 A

55 A

110 A

140 A

Load current

70 A

70 A

55 A

55 A

70 A

End of charge voltage

13.7 V (27.4 V)

54.8 V

Boost charge voltage

14.4 V (28.8 V)

57.6 V

Equalisation charge
14.7 V (29.4 V)
Reconnection voltage
> 50 % / 12.6 V
(SOC / LVR)
(25.2 V)
Deep discharge protec< 30 % / 11.1 V
tion (SOC / LVD)
(22.2 V)
Operating conditions

58.8 V
> 50 % / 50.4 V
< 30 % / 44.4 V
-10 C +60 C

Fitting and construction


Terminal (fine / single
wire)

Deep discharge protection

Battery overvoltage shutdown

Overtemperature and overload protection

Short circuit protection

Reverse polarity protection

Characterisation of the operating performance

Automatic electronic fuse

System voltage

50 mm2 95 mm2 - AWG 1 AWG 000

50 mm2
- AWG 1

Degree of protection

70 mm2
95 mm2
- AWG 00 - AWG 000

IP 65
x 330 360 x 330 330 x 330 x
Dimensions (X x Y x Z) x330
190 mm x 190 mm 190 mm 360 x 330 x 190 mm
Weight
10 kg

Displays

Multi-coloured LED shows operating states

Operation

Main switch

Adjustable load detection

Certificates

External temperature sensor (included)


Alarm contact (page 47)

Power asymmetric
Own consumption
standby / ON

1100

1100-L60

12 V

24 V

500 VA

1,000 VA

550 VA

1,110 VA

1,500 VA

3,000 VA

350 VA

500 VA

93 %

94 %

0.5 W / 6 W

0.7 W / 10 W

10.5 V 16 V

21 V 32 V

12.5 V

25 V

DC input side
Battery voltage
Deep discharge protection (LVD)

current driven or by Tarom

AC output side

Compliant with European Standards (CE)

Made in Germany

Developed in Germany

Output frequency

Manufactured according to ISO 9001 and ISO 14001

Load detection (standby)

Output voltage

230 V AC
+/-10 %
50 Hz

115 V AC
+/-10 %

230 V AC
+/-10 %

115 V AC
+/-10 %

60 Hz

50 Hz

60 Hz

adjustable: 2 W ... 50 W

Safety
Protection class

II (double insulated)
reverse polarity battery, reverse polarity AC,
over voltage, over current, over temperature

Operating conditions
Ambient temperature

-20 C +50 C

Cable length battery / AC

Steca PA HS200
Shunt
(page 49)

Approved by the World Bank for Nepal


Fit for use in tropical areas (DIN IEC 68 part 2-30)
Compliant with European Standards (CE)
Made in Germany
Developed in Germany
Manufactured according to ISO 9001 and ISO 14001

Cable cross-section battery / AC

1.5 m / 1.5 m
16 mm2 / 1.5 mm2

Degree of protection

IP 20

Dimensions (X x Y x Z)

212 x 395 x 130 mm

Weight

6.6 kg

9 kg

Technical data at 25 C / 77 F

Steca PA 15
Remote control
(page 50)

[areas of application]

32|

Power 5 sec.

550-L60

Fitting and construction

Certificates

Power 30 min.

Steca PA Tarcom
Data logger
(page 48)

Options

Continuous power

Electrical protection

RJ45 interface

11

550

Reconnection voltage (LVR)

Interfaces

190

Max. efficiency

Technical data at 25 C / 77 F

4x

Electronic protection functions

DC output side

Ambient temperature

212

50

Steca Power Tarom 2140, Power Tarom 4110, Power Tarom 4140

programmable

Overcharge protection
Deep discharge protection
Reverse polarity protection of load, module and battery
Reverse polarity protection by internal fuse
Automatic electronic fuse
Short circuit protection of load and module
Overvoltage protection at module input
Open circuit protection without battery
Reverse current protection at night
Overtemperature and overload protection

130

190

4x

Electronic protection functions

Can be connected to the Steca Tarom with a Steca PAx4


parallel switch box

360

395

True sine wave voltage

281

59

[550 W ... 1,100 W]

Product features

320

330

Hybrid controller
State of charge determination with Steca AtonIC (SOC)
Automatic detection of voltage
PWM control
Multistage charging technology
Load disconnection depending on SOC
Automatic load reconnection
Temperature compensation
Common positive grounding or negative grounding on
one terminal
Integrated data logger
Night light function with Steca PA 15
Integrated self test
Monthly maintenance charge
Integrated energy meter

260

S ine Wave Inverters

Steca Solarix PI

Steca Power Tarom

20

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This is where the simple expandability of the Steca Solarix


PI inverters pays off. Up to four devices can be operated in
parallel. The connections are made via an external box, the
Steca PAx4.

1,100 VA / 12 V
2,200 VA / 24 V

A
B
C
D
E
F
G

One innovation in sine wave inverters is the electronic fuse


as it is employed by Steca in solar charge controllers. With
this fuse, the Steca Solarix PI is protected against overloads,
and also against the accidental connection of the AC output
to the public grid. Because the fuse is electronic, it does not
need to be replaced after it has been triggered, as is the case
with mechanical fuses. As soon as the problem has been remedied, the inverter automatically reverts back to its selected
mode of operation.

Communication with Steca Tarom solar charge


controllers

The Steca Solarix PI inverter was developed to supply power


to a wide range of loads. Even critical loads can be operated,
thanks to the quick control. At the heart of the controller
is a DSP which takes on the extensive calculation work. The
inverters necessary robustness is supplied by a control software program which was developed in cooperation with a
renowned research institute..

Master

Slaves

A
D

Low own consumption


In die Entwicklung des Sinus-Wechselrichters sind 15 Jahre
The sine wave inverter has benefited from Stecas 15 years of
experience in the field of stand-alone PV systems. This is reflected, for instance, in the low own consumption of the Steca Solarix PI. When used in solar home systems, the inverter
is connected to the battery 24 hours a day, and is designed
to consume as little as possible of the solar-generated energy
whilst in load-detection or open-circuit modes.

Data Tarom

B
2

C
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If the switch-off threshold of 30 % SOC is reached, the Steca


Solarix PI receives a signal from the solar charge controller
and subsequently switches itself off in order to protect the
battery from deep discharge. It turns itself back on again once the SOC has reached the 50 % mark.

In this case, the inverter connected directly to the battery


communicates the amount of energy that has been withdrawn to the solar charge controller. The controller is thus
able to calculate the correct state of charge (SOC).

The Steca Solarix PI is also internally protected against an incorrect wiring of the battery. In case of reverse polarity, the
device remains undamaged, and there is no need to replace
the fuse.

Quick and robust control

This means that these systems no longer need to be switched to voltage-controlled operation or an additional current
shunt.

A further innovation that has gone into the Steca Solarix PI


is the communication with the solar charge controllers from
the Steca Tarom and Steca Power Tarom series. A data connection to the charge controller can be created via the Steca
PAx4 parallel switch box.

Data Slave

Electronic fuse

Steca Solarix PI with


Steca Tarom

AC Slave

The use of the rotary switch makes it possible to see very quickly which mode of operation the inverter is in.

2,200 VA / 12 V
4,400 VA / 24 V

Solar module
Solar charge controller
Battery
Steca Solarix PI sine wave inverter
Steca PAx4 parallel switch box
Generator junction box
Electrical load (230 V-)

AC Slave

If several inverters are connected in parallel, the desired mode


of operation is selected using the rotary switch of the device
connected to the master socket. In addition to the modes of
operation described above, there is also the setting all on.
This means that not only the master device is continually switched on, but all other connected inverters as well.

Key:

AC Slave

If the Steca Solarix PI is being used as a single device, three


different modes of operation are possible, and these may be
selected using the rotary switch. The load detection section
follows on from the off setting on the far left. In this section, the switch can be turned continuously to match the
power consumption of the smallest load. In order to reduce
power consumption, the inverter is then turned off, and it
checks periodically whether a load has been turned on. Only
if this is the case does the inverter switch itself on. The on
setting on the rotary switch follows on from the load detection section. In this operating status, the inverter makes the
output voltage continually available.

&

1,650 VA / 12 V
3,300 VA / 24 V

In this regard, Steca Solarix PI inverters are all the same. Only
via the connection to the Steca PAx4 parallel switch box is one
inverter designated as the master. This device then has control over the system, whilst the other Steca Solarix PI inverters
operate as slaves.

Operating the Steca Solarix PI is made very easy by the large


rotary switch on the front of the device.

'

Data Slave

From the outside, the combination of two, three or four inverters functions like one device with a correspondingly higher capacity. Internally, in case of open-circuit operation or
low output, e.g. for the lighting, only one inverter continues
to operate. This has a positive effect on the electricity consumption, since the devices which are not turned on do not
consume any power. Only when a higher capacity is called
for, for example when a refrigerator is turned on, are all the
inverters automatically switched on, thus ensuring troublefree operation.

Rotary switch

Data Slave

A stand-alone PV system is relatively difficult to size, since


often the loads and their average running times are not adequately known, or because, when the system is subsequently
expanded, more loads are added.

550 VA / 12 V
1,100 VA / 24 V

AC Master

Parallel connection

S ine Wave Inverters

Steca Solarix PI:


flexible and versatile

Data Master

S ine Wave Inverters

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Steca XPC

275-12, 350-24, 400-48, 600-24, 700-48,


1000-12, 2100-12, 2400-24

1400-12, 2200-24, 2200-48


The Steca XPC series of inverters combine a very high overload
capacity with the capability to operate highly critical loads.

The Steca AJ inverter series stands out with its wide range of
available power classes and DC input voltages.

Other important features of these high-quality inverters are


their powerful device protection and their low own consumption. The Steca XPCs combine a sine wave inverter, four-stage
battery charger and transfer system in one device, therefore
making them also suitable for hybrid systems. The built-in
multifunctional contact enables you, for example, to switch
on and off diversion loads for excess power or start a diesel
generator to recharge batteries

This enables the optimal inverter to be used for any application.


The cables for connecting the battery and the load are already
mounted on the Steca AJ, thus making it easier to install the device.
The automatic standby mode considerably reduces the inverters
own consumption. The Steca AJ inverters excellent overload capacity ensures that even critical loads can be operated easily.

Product features

[275 W ... 2,400 W]

Optimal battery protection

Automatic load detection

Best reliability

Product features

Electronic protection functions

170

Deep discharge protection

Battery overvoltage shutdown

Overtemperature and overload protection

Short circuit protection

Reverse polarity protection by internal fuse (except Steca


AJ 2100-12)

Acoustic alarm at deep discharge or overheating

90

4x

142

26
160

Multi-coloured LED shows operating states

Steca AJ 275-12, AJ 350-24, AJ 400-48

Operation

Main switch

Adjustable load detection

Certificates

Options

Types with 115 V / 50 Hz, 115 V / 60 Hz or 230 V / 60 Hz

Model with protective lacquered mainboard

Excellent overload capabilities

Optimal battery protection

Adjustable integrated battery charger

Automatic load detection

Best reliability

Can be used as a back-up system or uninterruptible


power supply (UPS)

Multifunction contact

Ultra-fast transfer relay

215
4x

Compliant with European Standards (CE)


RoHS compliant

Deep discharge protection

Battery overvoltage shutdown

Overtemperature and overload protection

Short circuit protection

Reverse polarity protection by internal fuse

Acoustic alarm at deep discharge or overheating

Terminal for connection of a remote control (On/Off) for


the types Steca AJ 275-12 to Steca AJ 700-48

Remote control JT8 (On/Off, LED) for connection to Steca


AJ 1000-12 to Steca AJ 2400-24

202

Displays

275-12

True sine wave voltage

Electronic protection functions

Displays

124

Excellent overload capabilities

410

[1,400 W ... 2,200 W]

359

True sine wave voltage

24

S ine Wave Inverters

Steca AJ

84

S ine Wave Inverters

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7 LEDs show operating states

1400-12
System voltage

2200-48

12 V

24 V

48 V

Continuous power

1,100 VA

1,600 VA

1,600 VA

Power 30 min.

1,400 VA

2,200 VA

2,200 VA

Power 5 sec.

3,300 VA

4,800 VA

4,800 VA

94 %

95 %

95 %

0.6 W / 4 W

0.9 W / 7 W

1.3 W / 7 W

Own consumption
standby / ON

Operation

2200-24

Characterisation of the operating performance

Max. efficiency

for operation, fault messages

Input side

Main switch

Input voltage

Adjustable load detection

Charging current adjustable

Programming by buttons

Max. current on
transfer system

adjustable: 150 V AC 230 V AC


0 A 45 A

0 A 37 A

0 A 20 A

16 A

350-24

400-48

600-24

700-48

1000-12

2100-12

2400-24

12 V

24 V

48 V

24 V

48 V

12 V

12 V

24 V

Options

Continuous power

200 VA

300 VA

300 VA

500 VA

500 VA

800 VA

2,000 VA

2,000 VA

Type with 230 V / 60 Hz

Battery voltage

9.5 V 16 V

Power 30 min.

275 VA

350 VA

400 VA

600 VA

700 VA

1,000 VA

2,100 VA

2,400 VA

Type with 115 V / 60 Hz

Battery monitoring

Power 5 sec.

450 VA

650 VA

1,000 VA

1,200 VA

1,400 VA

2,200 VA

5,000 VA

5,200 VA

93 %

94 %

94 %

94 %

94 %

93 %

92 %

94 %

Model with protective lacquered mainboard

LVD, HVD, floating and equalisation voltage adjustable by user via optional remote control RCC-01

AC output side

0.5 W / 3.5 W

1.1 W / 5.2 W

0.6 W / 7.2 W

1.5 W / 12 W

0.7 W / 10 W

0.7 W / 16 W

1.2 W / 16 W

Protection cover C-IP23 to raise the degree of protection

Output voltage

Remote control RCC-01

Output frequency

Switching time transfer relay

Characterisation of the operating performance


System voltage

Max. efficiency

Own consumption standby / ON 0.3 W / 2.4 W

DC input side
Battery voltage

10.5 V 16 V

21 V 32 V

42 V 64 V

21 V 32 V

42 V 64 V

10.5 V 16 V

10.5 V 16 V

21 V 32 V

CFC-01 cable entry for strain relief and protection of


connections

Temperature sensor CT35 to correct the voltage


thresholds according to the current battery temperature

AC output side
Output voltage

230 V AC +0 / -10 % (true sine wave)

Output frequency

50 Hz +/-0.05 % (crystal controlled)

Load detection (standby)

2W

adjustable: 1 W 20 W

Operating conditions
Ambient temperature

Certificates

-20 C +50 C

Fitting and construction


Cable length battery / AC

1.2 m / 1 m

Degree of protection
Dimensions (X x Y x Z)
Weight

1.5 m / 1m

1.7 m / 1 m

IP 30
170 x 142 x 84 mm
2.4 kg

2.6 kg

< 40 ms

Battery side

Compliant with European Standards (CE)

RoHS compliant

38 V 64 V

230 V AC +0 / -10 % (true sine wave)


50 Hz +/-0.05 % (crystal controlled)

Load detection (standby)

adjustable: 1 W 25 W

Operating conditions
Ambient temperature

-20 C +55 C

Fitting and construction


Cable length battery

165 cm

Degree of protection

IP 20 / with optional top cover: IP 22

Dimensions (X x Y x Z)

19 V 32 V

Weight

215 x 410 x 124 mm


11.7 kg

12.6 kg

Technical data at 25 C / 77 F

IP 20
252 x 142 x 84 mm

455 x 142 x 84 mm

4.5 kg

8.5 kg

406 x 273 x 117 mm


19 kg

18 kg

Technical data at 25 C / 77 F

[areas of application]

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XTM 1500-12

1500-12, 2000-12, 2400-24, 3500-24, 2600-48, 4000-48

System voltage

The basic functions of the combined inverter of the Steca


Xtender series are the inverter, the battery charger, the switching function and the support of external sources of alternating current. These functions can be combined and controlled
fully automatically, the range offers outstanding user-friendliness and very good exploitation of the energy available.
All the settings of the Steca Xtender XTM can be remote controlled. When a software with new functions is available, it
can be loaded into the system, so the Steca Xtender XTM
always stays up to date. Several Steca Xtender XTM can be
connected in parallel or to form a three-phase system. That
means that up to nine Steca Xtender XTM can work together.

24 V

48 V

48 V

3,000 VA

2,000 VA

3,500 VA

Power 30 min.

1,500 VA

2,000 VA

2,400 VA

3,500 VA

2,600 VA

4,000 VA

3.4 kVA

4.8 kVA

6 kVA

9 kVA

6.5 kVA

10.5 kVA

93 %

93 %

94 %

94 %

96 %

96 %

1.4 W / 8 W

1.4 W / 10 W

1.6 W / 9 W

1.6 W / 12 W

2 W / 10 W

2.1 W / 14 W

0 A 30 A

0 A 50 A

38 V 68 V

38 V 68 V

according EN 61000-3-2
< 40 dB / < 45 dB (without / with ventilation)

Input voltage
Charging current adjustable

< 265 V AC (adjustable: 150 V AC 265 V AC)


0 A 70 A

0 A 100 A

0 A 55 A

Max. current on transfer system


[1,500 W ... 4,000 W]

0 A 90 A
50 A

Input frequency

45 Hz 65 Hz

Battery side
Battery voltage
3x

9.5 V 17 V

9.5 V 17 V

19 V 34 V

19 V 34 V

AC output side

Output voltage

230 V AC +/-2 % / 190 V AC 245 V AC (true sine wave)

Output frequency

50 Hz, adjustable: 45 Hz 65 Hz +/-0.05 % (crystal controlled)

Total harmonic distortion

<2%

Load detection (standby)

2 W 25 W

Operating conditions
Ambient temperature
406
30
35

323

1,500 VA

2,400 VA

3,500 VA

2,600 VA

1 A 50 A

Multifunction contact adjustable

2 independent contacts 16 A / 250 V AC (potential free change-over contacts)

Degree of protection

IP 20

Dimensions (X x Y x Z)

323 x 463 x 130 mm


15 kg

Cooling principle
130

2,000 VA

Input current balance adjustment

Weight
256

-20 C +55 C

Fitting and construction


Power Smart-Boost

Parallel connection possible

18.5 kg

16.2 kg

21.2 kg

16.2 kg

4,000 VA

22.9 kg

fan from 55 C
3 x 1 phase and three-phase

Technical data at 25 C / 77 F

Electronic protection functions


Battery overvoltage shutdown

True sine wave voltage

Overtemperature and overload protection

Excellent overload capabilities

Short circuit protection

Optimal battery protection

Reverse polarity protection by internal fuse

Adjustable integrated battery charger

Acoustic alarm at deep discharge or overheating

Multistage programmable battery charger with PFC

Automatic load detection

Standby load detection adjustable over a wide range,


starting from a low value
Best reliability

24 V
2,000 VA

Input side

Deep discharge protection

12 V

Acoustic level

Parallel connectable

XTM 4000-48

2,000 VA

Power Factor Correction (PFC)

XTM 2600-48

12 V

Own consumption standby / ON

Smart-boost function

XTM 3500-24

1,500 VA

Max. efficiency

These potential-free contacts can be programmed for many


different applications. They can react to any event outside or
inside of the inverter (grid availability, battery voltage, fault
message ...) They can also be programmed on a timer or can
be switched on during particular times (at night, at the weekend ...). In this way, they can serve to start up a generator,
to switch off less important loads, to signal a fault, to charge
batteries depending on the situation, etc.

Product features

XTM 2400-24

Continuous power
Power 5 sec.

Multifunction contacts

With the smart-boost function, the output of another source


of alternating current, such as a power generator or a land
connection, can be increased; even when special loads are
being used (inductive, asymmetric, with high switch-on current). It is also possible to combine the Steca Xtender XTM
with almost all inverters which are already present in order to
increase the available output.

XTM 2000-12

Characterisation of the operating performance

Not illustrated:

Steca RCC-03
Remote control and display
(incl. 2 m cable)

Displays

Suitable for rack installation.

5 LEDs show operating states

for operation, fault messages

Operation

Main switch

Adjustable load detection

Steca RCC-02
Remote control and display
(incl. 2 m cable)

Steca BTS-01
Battery temperature sensor
(incl. 5 m cable)

Can be used as a back-up system or uninterruptible


power supply (UPS)

Multifunction contact

Adjustable power sharing

Reliable and noiseless with any kind of load

Type with 115 V / 60 Hz

Communications cable

Support of sources of alternating current (Smart Boost)

Model with protective lacquered mainboard

Automatic support for peak loads (Power Shaving)

Connection to the three-phase system or to the


parallel connection CAB-RJ45-2 (2 m)

Ultra-fast transfer relay

Temperature sensor BTS-01 to correct the voltage


thresholds according to the current battery temperature

High efficiency

Control by digital signal processor (DSP)

S ine Wave Inverters

Steca Xtender XTM

463

S ine Wave Inverters

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Suitable for wall-mounting (see page 53).

Options

Certificates

Compliant with European Standards (CE)

RoHS compliant

This sensor allows the battery voltages to be adjusted to the


battery temperature.

This is used to connect several inverters together to a threephase system or a system connected in parallel.

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XTH 3000-12

3000-12, 5000-24, 6000-48, 8000-48

System voltage

The basic functions of the combined inverter of the Steca


Xtender series are the inverter, the battery charger, the switching function and the support of external sources of alternating current. These functions can be combined and controlled
fully automatically, the range offers outstanding user-friendliness and very good exploitation of the energy available.

XTH 8000-48

12 V

24 V

48 V

48 V

2,500 VA

4,500 VA

5,000 VA

7,000 VA

Power 30 min.

3,000 VA

5,000 VA

6,000 VA

8,000 VA

7.5 kVA

12 kVA

15 kVA

21 kVA

93 %

94 %

96 %

96 %

1.4 W / 14 W

1.8 W / 18 W

2.2 W / 22 W

2.4 W / 30 W

Max. efficiency
Own consumption standby / ON
Power Factor Correction (PFC)

according EN 61000-3-2

Acoustic level

< 40 dB / < 45 dB (without / with ventilation)

Input side
Input voltage

< 265 V AC (adjustable: 150 V AC 265 V AC)

Charging current adjustable

0 A 160 A

0 A 140 A

0 A 100 A

Max. current on transfer system


[3,000 W ... 8,000 W]

0 A 120 A

50 A

Input frequency

45 Hz 65 Hz

Battery side
Battery voltage

These potential-free contacts can be programmed for many


different applications. They can react to any event outside or
inside of the inverter (grid availability, battery voltage, fault
message ...) They can also be programmed on a timer or can
be switched on during particular times (at night, at the weekend ...). In this way, they can serve to start up a generator,
to switch off less important loads, to signal a fault, to charge
batteries depending on the situation, etc.

9.5 V 17 V

19 V 34 V

38 V 68 V

38 V 68 V

AC output side

160

Multifunction contacts

Output voltage

230 V AC +/-2 % / 190 V AC 245 V AC (true sine wave)

Output frequency

50 Hz, adjustable: 45 Hz 65 Hz +/-0.05 % (crystal controlled)

Total harmonic distortion

<2%

Load detection (standby)

2 W 25 W

Operating conditions

442

497

Ambient temperature

Smart-boost function

2x

With the smart-boost function, the output of another source


of alternating current, such as a power generator or a land
connection, can be increased; even when special loads are
being used (inductive, asymmetric, with high switch-on current). It is also possible to combine the Steca Xtender XTH
with almost all inverters which are already present in order to
increase the available output.

Product features

XTH 6000-48

Continuous power
Power 5 sec.

220

40

300

-20 C +55 C

Fitting and construction


Power Smart-Boost

3,000 VA

250

5,000 VA

6,000 VA

8,000 VA

Input current balance adjustment

1 A 50 A

Multifunction contact adjustable

2 independent contacts 16 A / 250 V AC (potential free change-over contacts)

Degree of protection

IP 20

Dimensions (X x Y x Z)

300 x 497 x 250 mm

Weight

All the settings of the Steca Xtender XTH can be remote controlled. When a software with new functions is available, it
can be loaded into the system, so the Steca Xtender XTH
always stays up to date. Several Steca Xtender XTH can be
connected in parallel or to form a three-phase system. That
means that up to nine Steca Xtender XTH can work together.

XTH 5000-24

Characterisation of the operating performance

S ine Wave Inverters

Steca Xtender XTH

2x

S ine Wave Inverters

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34 kg

Cooling principle

40 kg

42 kg

46 kg

fan from 55 C

Parallel connection possible

3 x 1 phase and three-phase

Technical data at 25 C / 77 F

Electronic protection functions

Not illustrated:

True sine wave voltage

Deep discharge protection

Excellent overload capabilities

Battery overvoltage shutdown

Optimal battery protection

Overtemperature and overload protection

Adjustable integrated battery charger

Short circuit protection

Multistage programmable battery charger with PFC

Automatic load detection

Reverse polarity protection by internal fuse


(except Steca Xtender XTH 3000)

Standby load detection adjustable over a wide range,


starting from a low value

Acoustic alarm at deep discharge or overheating

Parallel connectable

Best reliability

5 LEDs show operating states

Can be used as a back-up system or uninterruptible


power supply (UPS)

for operation, fault messages

Multifunction contact

Adjustable power sharing

Main switch

Communications cable

Reliable and noiseless with any kind of load

Adjustable load detection

Support of sources of alternating current (Smart Boost)

Connection to the three-phase system or to the


parallel connection CAB-RJ45-2 (2 m)

Automatic support for peak loads (Power Shaving)

Ultra-fast transfer relay

High efficiency

Control by digital signal processor (DSP)

Displays

Steca RCC-03
Remote control and display
(incl. 2 m cable)
Suitable for rack installation.

Steca RCC-02

Steca BTS-01

Remote control and display


(incl. 2 m cable)

Battery temperature sensor


(incl. 5 m cable)

Suitable for wall-mounting (see page 53).

Operation

Options

Type with 115 V / 60 Hz


(except Steca Xtender XTH 8000-48)

Model with protective lacquered mainboard

Temperature sensor BTS-01 to correct the voltage


thresholds according to the current battery temperature

Certificates

Compliant with European Standards (CE)

RoHS compliant

This sensor allows the battery voltages to be adjusted to the


battery temperature..

This is used to connect several inverters together to a threephase system or a system connected in parallel.

Steca X-Connect system


Prewired mounting structure for
devices from the Steca Xtender
XTH series

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Steca MDC / MDCI

Voltage converter

DC-DC-voltage converters

When appliances such as cassette recorders or radios which


are designed to use dry batteries are connected to 12 V or 24
V batteries, they normally require a lower voltage than that
supplied by the system battery.

DC-DC voltage converters are used when the DC-output voltage of the PV system does not match the requirements of
the appliance.
Since a voltage level of 12 V is required for most low-voltage appliances such as lamps, multimedia devices, radios or
mobile phones, the various models of the voltage converters
deliver a stable supply of 12 V. For instance, if a 12-V energy-saving light is operated in a 24-V or 48-V system, then a
suitable DC-DC voltage converter must be inserted between
the load output of the charge controller and the 12-V energy-saving light.

[10 W ... 18 W]

Product features

11

Displays
2 multi-coloured LEDs show operating states

for operation and polarity

89

High efficiency

Automatic detection of voltage

Wide input voltage range

Best reliability

138

Steca MDCI 100

64

Short circuit protection

43

Reverse polarity protection

,5

88

2x

45

Overtemperature and overload protection

152

88

98

Electronic protection functions

For safety reasons, the Steca MDCI series is electrically insulated to protect the user. Both the Steca MDCI and the Steca
MDC series are protected against high voltage spikes at the
input, thus preventing harmful voltage spikes at the input of
the loads.

Operation
Configuration by jumpers

Electronic protection functions


VC

Certificates

Compliant with European Standards (CE)

Manufactured according to ISO 9001 and ISO 14001

Characterisation of the operating performance


System voltage

12 V (24 V)

Own consumption

Overtemperature and overload protection

Reverse polarity protection

Short circuit protection

160

4x

2 mA (Ue = 12 V)

DC input side

Certificates

5 V 30 V

Input voltage1.

DC output side
Output voltage

3 V; 6 V; 7.5 V; 9 V; 12 V

Output current2.

< 1,500 mA

154

Compliant with European Standards (CE)

163

Screw terminals allow universal and rapid installation

Low own consumption

4x

Wide input voltage range

49

Product features

[70 W ... 360 W]

The Steca MDC and MDCI voltage converters are designed


for use in photovoltaic systems. The models with an output
voltage of 13.6 V can also be used as battery chargers for a
12-V battery in a 24-V system.

22

These appliances can be powered using the Steca Solsum VC


adjustable voltage converter. The Solsum VC is also suitable
for operating a 12-V appliance with a 24-V battery. The maximum output current for doing so is 1.5 A. When developing
this converter, the greatest value was placed in safety and
reliability. Five programmed output voltages enable universal
usage.

Voltage Converter

Steca Solsum VC

35

Voltage Converter

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Fitting and construction


108

98 x 88 x 35 mm

Weight

MDC
2412-5

System voltage 24 V

3V

6V

7.5 V

9V

12 V

1,000 mA 1,500 mA 1,500 mA 1,500 mA 1,500 mA1.


400 mA

2412-8

2412-12

MDCI
2412-20

2412-30

1224-7

100

200

360

275 W

415 W

170 W

100 W

200 W

360 W

Characterisation of the operating performance

Determining the output current


Output voltage 12 V

Steca MDCI 360

50 g

Technical data at 25 C / 77 F

Output current

21

1.5 mm2 / 2.5 mm2 - AWG 16 / 14

Terminal (fine / single wire)


Dimensions (X x Y x Z)

500 mA

500 mA

600 mA

1. The input voltage has to be at least 2 V higher than the output voltage.
2. The max. current depends on the input and output voltage.

700 mA

Nominal power

65 W

105 W

160 W

Max. efficiency

90 %

85 %

DC input side
Input voltage

18 V 35 V

20 V 35 V

9 V 18 V

9 V 18 V / 20 V 35 V /
30 V 60 V / 60 V 120 V

DC output side
Output voltage
Output current

13,2 V
5.5 A

13,8 V

8A

12 A

20 A

24 V
30 A

7A

12,5 V / 24 V
8A/4A

16.5 A / 8 A

30 A / 15 A

Operating conditions
Ambient temperature

-20 C ... +40 C

-20 C ... +45 C

Fitting and construction


Galvanic isolation
Dimensions (X x Y x Z)
Weight
Cooling principle

no
87 x 55 x 49
mm
170 g

87 x 85 x 49 mm
250 g

260 g

convection

yes
87 x 115 x 49
mm

87 x 125 x 49
mm

87 x 115 x 49
mm

88 x 152 x 49
mm

480 g

600 g

300 g

500 g

fan

convection

convection

88 x 182 x 49 163 x 160 x 64


mm
mm
600 g

1.4 kg
fan

Technical data at 25 C / 77 F

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360 W

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Steca Solsum ESL

Solar refrigerator/freezer

5 W, 7 W, 11 W / 12 V energy-saving lights

The Steca PF 166 is the most efficient DC energy-saving refrigerator ever to be developed. It can be used as either a
refrigerator or a freezer.

The electronics of these 12 V DC energy-saving compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) was developed by Steca and continuously improved.

The Steca PF 166 is fully programmable. The inside temperature and each of the other configuration values can be set by
the user. It is therefore perfectly suited for all DC applications
including even the refrigeration of medicines in hospitals.
Thanks to the latest A++ energy efficiency class, together with
optimal electronic control and an RPM control of the compressor, it is possible to ensure that the energy is used extremely efficiently. This leads to significant cost reductions.

Preheating, a high electronic efficiency and low thermal losses


increase the service life of these CFLs to about 100,000 switch
cycles. The Steca energy-saving lights feature a much higher
efficiency (Im/W) than LEDs or incandescent bulbs.

Product features

[40 W ... 100 W]

This product stands out for its user-friendliness, thanks to a


large digital display with setting options, the highest standards of quality and reliability and a long service life. The refrigerator or freezer is easy to clean as it has a sealing plug on
the bottom for draining water. This maintenance-free appliance can work with an input voltage of either 12 V or 24 V.

Fast cooling due to compressor speed control

Freezer runs on a 70 W photovoltaic module in most


climates

cm

Automatic detection of voltage

Temperature fully programmable

Adjustable refrigerator or freezer function

Suitable for all DC applications

Certificates

Low maintenance and easy to clean

Energy efficiency class

Lock with two keys

Characterisation of the operating performance

Also suitable for mobile use

System voltage

12 V (24 V)

Nominal power

40 W 100 W

Electronic protection functions

Internal dimensions

PF 166

DC input side
Input voltage

Temperature alarm

Approved by the World Bank for China and Sri Lanka

Compliant with European Standards (CE)

Developed in Germany

Manufactured according to ISO 9001 and ISO 14001

55

ESL 5

Luminus flux
10 V 17 V (17 V 31.5 V)

Luminus efficiency

DC input side

Operating conditions

61 kg

Dimensions (X x Y x Z)
Weight

Celsius / Fahrenheit temperature display

adjustable

Socket

Display brightness

adjustable

Hanging baskets

2
3

Freezer trays

RoHS compliant

Cold battery

920 mA

250 lm

370 lm

650 lm

50 lm / W

52 lm / W

60 lm / W

> 9,000 h
100,000
10 V 15 V
-20 C ... +50 C

Fitting and construction

compressor

Compliant with European Standards (CE)

11 W

580 mA

Ambient temperature

Cooling principle

7W

420 mA

Operating conditions

917 x 872 x 709 mm

Weight

12 V

Input voltage
+10 C +43 C

Dimensions (X x Y x Z)

ESL 11

5W

Life span
10.4 V (22.8 V)

Fitting and construction

ESL 7

Characterisation of the operating performance

Deep discharge protection (LVD)

Digital temperature display

55
Steca ESL 7, ESL 11

Switching cycles

Manufactured according to ISO 9001 and ISO 14001

11.7 V (24.2 V)

Ambient temperature

Developed in Germany

Certificates

Reconnection voltage (LVR)

Multifunction LED display

Reverse polarity protection

DC output side

Compact and robust product design

Rated current

Power breakdown display

Abstinence of ozone destroying materials


according EC 1005/2009 (CFC-free)

Easy to install by a E27 or bayonet socket

-20 C -10 C

Deep discharge protection

Nominal power

Certificates

Best reliability

Nominal voltage

Programming by buttons

Greatest switch cycle stability

166 litres

Freezer temperature

+2 C +12 C

Reverse polarity protection

Operation

Saves up to 80% of energy compared to an incandescent


bulb

[5 W ... 11 W]

Refrigerator temperature

Displays

A++

Cooling volume

26 cm

66 cm

Brightness of 11 W CFL is comparable with a 60 W


incandescent bulb

Electronic protection functions

,5

A++ energy efficiency class

44

26 cm

Product features

Energy-saving Lights

Steca PF 166

67 cm

S olar Refrigerator/Freezer

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Light colour

123 x 55 mm

133 x 55 mm

125 g

163 x 55 mm
135 g

E27 / bayonet
cool white (6,400K) / warm white (2,700K)

Technical data at 25 C / 77 F

Automatic energy-saving mode

yes

Technical data at 25 C / 77 F

Consumption freezer
Ambient temperature

20 C

25 C

30 C

35 C

40 C

Interior temperature -10 C

200
300
410
570
770
Wh / day Wh / day Wh / day Wh / day Wh / day

Interior temperature -20 C

410
570
770
1,000
1,400
Wh / day Wh / day Wh / day Wh / day Wh / day

Consumption refrigerator
Ambient temperature

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20 C

25 C

30 C

35 C

40 C

Interior temperature 10 C

30
57
93
140
208
Wh / day Wh / day Wh / day Wh / day Wh / day

Interior temperature 3 C

70
110
165
240
340
Wh / day Wh / day Wh / day Wh / day Wh / day

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Steca ULED 11

Options for Steca solar


charge controllers

Energy-saving light
Steca ULED 11 is optimally suited for small applications as
the 1.1 W LED has very high efficiency. The stable glass-ceramic housing means that it can even be used in critical environments. 18 single warm white LEDs form a good and well
recognized color.

Accessories for
Steca PR 10-30, Steca Solarix MPPT, Steca PR 2020 IP,
Steca Solarix 2401/4401 and Steca Tarom

Steca PA TS10, Steca PA TSIP10


and Steca PA TSK10

Product features

High efficiency

Low weight

Very long lifetime

Simple installation

Maintenance-free

Low own consumption

Best reliability

External temperature sensors

Reverse polarity protection

ULED 11
Characterisation of the operating performance

Compliant with European Standards (CE)

RoHS compliant

12 V

Nominal power

1.1 W

Rated current

92 mA

Luminus flux

Certificates

The Steca PA TS10, Steca PA TSIP10 and Steca PA TSK10


external temperature sensors are used for monitoring the
battery temperature.

[1.1 W]

Nominal voltage

Electronic protection functions

Accessories

Energy-saving Lights

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Luminus efficiency
Life span

45 lm
42 lm / W
> 30,000 h

DC input side
Input voltage

10.5 V 14.5 V

Operating conditions
Ambient temperature

-30 C +60 C

All Steca solar charge controllers have an integrated temperature sensor that makes them capable of adjusting the
charging strategy to suit the current temperature conditions.
The Steca PA TS10, Steca PA TSIP10 and Steca PA TSK10
external temperature sensors are only required when the battery must be installed in a different room to the solar charge
controller.
The Steca PA TS10, Steca PA TSIP10 and Steca PA TSK10 are
supplied with a plug for connection to the solar charge controller and ring eyelets for connection to the battery screw.
The external temperature sensors are suitable for use with
Steca PR 10-30, Steca Solarix MPPT, Steca PR 2020 IP, Steca
Solarix 2401/4401 and Steca Tarom solar charge controllers.

Fitting and construction


Dimensions (X x Y x Z)

75 x 50 mm

Weight

70 g

Socket

E27

Light colour
Technical data at 25 C / 77 F

warm white (3,300 K)

PA TS10 / PA TSK10

PA TSIP10

Characterisation of the operating performance


Measurement accuracy

+/-5 %

Operating conditions
Ambient temperature

-25 C ... +125 C

Fitting and construction


Battery connection

ring eyelet 10 mm

Charge controller connection


Cable

plug

twice a 2-pole
luster terminal

3,75 m

Degree of protection

without cable
IP 22

Weight

95 g

30 g

Type

Connection

Steca PA TS10

spring connector strip

Technical data at 25 C / 77 F

Product features

Low weight

Very long lifetime

Simple installation

Steca PR 10-30
Steca Solarix MPPT

Maintenance-free

Steca PR 2020 IP

Steca PA TSIP10

Low own consumption

twice a 2-pole
luster terminal

Best reliability

Steca Solarix 2401/4401


Steca Tarom

Steca PA TSK10

RJ45

Solar charge controller

Certificates

Compliant with European Standards (CE)

RoHS compliant

Optional alarm contact


Steca solar charge controllers provide alarm contacts which
allow to process this information in any other application. In
case of an alarm such as low battery voltage, over temperature, overvoltage or other alarms a signal is processed which
can be used for any purpose. The alarm codes are different
among the Steca solar charge controllers. Each controller has
Steca solar charge controller
Steca PR 10-30
Steca PR 2020 IP

its own alarm code table. In case an alarm is active either


a 5 V signal to ground is active on the alarm contact or a
galvanic isolated switch is closed. As soon as the alarm is no
longer active the signal goes back to 0 V. The following table
provides an overview on the available alarm options for Steca
solar charge controllers.

Signal

Dry contact

0V/5V

no

switch contact max. 50 V / 100 mA

yes

Steca Solarix 2401/4401

0V/5V

no

Steca Tarom

0V/5V

no

switch contact max. 50 V / 100 mA

yes

Steca Power Tarom

Additional electronics necessary


yes, for:

- signal processing
- galvanic isolation

yes, for:

- galvanic isolation

yes, for:

- signal processing
- galvanic isolation

no

no

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Accessories for Steca Tarom and


Steca Power Tarom

Steca PA Tarcom

Steca PA HS200

Data logger

Shunt

The Steca PA Tarcom data logger is connected to the RJ45 interface of the Steca Tarom or Power Tarom charge controller,
or via the Steca PA HS200.

The Steca PA HS200 is a highly intelligent current sensor with


extremely low own consumption.
The Steca PA HS200 comes into play when (e.g.) an inverter
is directly connected to the battery and the Steca Tarom or
Power Tarom charge controller cannot measure the current
consumption. A shunt is also required when an additional
generator (e.g. PV, wind or diesel) directly charges the battery
without being connected to a Steca Tarom charge controller.
The current is measured contact-free via a Hall-effect sensor.
The data is transmitted to the charge controller over a cable
connection. Up to two Steca PA HS200 shunts can be connected and the measured currents can be selectively added
to the charging current, battery current or load current as
desired.

The data logger is available in several different versions: as


a simple RS232 interface to directly save and read data on
the PC or Laptop (Steca PA Tarcom 01), as a data logger with
an integrated analogue modem (Steca PA Tarcom RMT), as
a data logger with an integrated GSM modem for remote
monitoring (Steca PA Tarcom GSM) and as a data logger with
an Ethernet interface for connection to a PC network (Steca
PA Tarcom Ethernet). The Steca PA Tarcom is delivered with its
accompanying software.

129

Product features
5

Freely programmable alarm states

4x

,
3

50

Displays
LED shows operating states

Automatic detection of voltage

Wide current measuring range

Potential free current measurement

Communicates and stores data in the Steca PA Tarcom

Integrated Hall sensor

Interfaces
120

RS232 serial interface to PC

LED shows operating states

Analogue sensor input e.g. for radiation or wind speed

Messages via Steca Tarom LCD display

Alarm contact

01

12 V / 24 V / 48 V

Own consumption

List of data sets can be exported to MS-EXCEL

Recorded values

Graphic visualisation of data sets (values/time)

Analyzes energy flows (Ah) within a PV hybrid system

Activation and selection of alarm types

Setting the interval for calls and for sending text


messages

DC output side

Configures the telephone number and text message


recipient

Safety

Certificates

Compliant with European Standards (CE)

Made in Germany

Developed in Germany

System status information

< 10 mA

Alarm output

30 mA

relative time, total charge current,


battery current, solar module current, load
current, SOC, battery voltage, system status,
analog sensor
night, overload, load disconnect, overvoltage,
low voltage, over temperature, no module

Battery voltage

8 V ... 65 V
for all recorded parameters programmable

Configurable analog auxiliary


input
Dimensions (X x Y x Z)
Weight

RS232

analog
modem

gsm
modem

Characterisation of the operating performance

Two RJ45 cable sockets

System voltage
Own consumption

Modes of operation

Measurement accuracy

Battery: measures currents which flow through


the battery cable
Load: measures currents of external loads not
connected to the charge controller
Charge: measures currents of back-up generators

Certificates

Fitting and construction


Interfaces

115

PA HS200

Interfaces

1 Mbit = 2 min. (11 days) 4 h (4 years)

Downloads data from the logger to a PC

Alarms can be set by text message

Ethernet

Logger capacity

Tells the data logger at what time it has to call

GSM

System voltage

Data transfer by modem or by text message

RMT

Characterisation of the operating performance

Displays

RJ45 communication interface to Steca Tarom

123

Tarcom software

2x

16

60

Stores 8 data sets at programmed intervals

24

Adjustable logging intervals

82

4 years maximum storage capacity (1 Mbit)

[0 A ... 200 A]

38

Product features

Accessories

Accessories for Steca Tarom and


Steca Power Tarom

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ethernet

10 V 65 V
< 9 mA
(-20 A +20 A) +/-1 %
(-200 A +200 A) +/-3 %

Operating conditions
Ambient temperature
Relative humidity

-15 C +50 C
75 %

Fitting and construction


Current range battery mode

-200 A +200 A

Current range charge mode

0 A +200 A

Current range load mode

-200 A 0 A

Compliant with European Standards (CE)

Degree of protection

IP 22

Made in Germany

Dimensions (X x Y x Z)

100 x 60 x 25 mm

Developed in Germany

Weight

120 g

Max. diameter for battery cable

19 mm

0 mV ... 150 mV

Technical data at 25 C / 77 F

129 x 82 x 38 mm
150 g

Technical data at 25 C / 77 F

TarCom software included

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Steca PA EV200 DC

Accessories for Steca Tarom and


Steca Power Tarom

12 V / 24 V, 36 V / 48 V DC relay

Steca PA 15

The Steca PA EV200 relay increases the switching capacity of


the Steca PA 15 remote control from 15 A to 200 A (up to 10
kW). The relay is connected to the Steca PA 15 remote control
at the load output and, for example, interrupts the battery
voltage to a back-up generator when the end-of-charge voltage is reached. The relay is hermetically sealed and operates
safely in difficult environmental conditions such as dust, salt
and moisture.

Remote control
The Steca Tarom and Power Tarom charge controllers send
out signals (125 kHz on 300 Baud) which are modulated on
the DC cable and received by the Steca PA 15 remote control.
These signals contain information on the batteries state of
charge (SOC). The Steca PA 15 features five different operating modes (see below) which can be set using five different
jumper positions. The maximum switching capacity of 15 A
can be increased with a Steca PA EV200 DC relay to up to
200 A if desired.

Product features

Product features
Receives information on SOC and time (day/night)

Load control via priority assignment

Adjustable SOC thresholds

Connects a maximum of 9 solar arrays in parallel

Current surge switch function

Low own consumption

Ready for connection to the Steca PA 15 remote control


Typ A

98
4

Overtemperature and overload protection

200 A

200 A

Ambient temperature

1 million switching cycles


0.1 m 0.3 m

89

-40 C +85 C

Fitting and construction


Dimensions (X x Y x Z)

Operation

32 V ... 95 V

Operating conditions
87

36 V (48 V)

9 V ... 36 V

Contact resistance
45

Reverse polarity protection by internal fuse

12 V (24 V)

Coil voltage
Life span

11

Switches off load if there is no signal

Typ B

System voltage
Rated current

,5

2x

Electronic protection functions

[0 A ... 200 A]

Characterisation of the operating performance

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Weight

63 x 80 x 72 mm
430 g

Technical data at 25 C / 77 F

Configuration by jumpers

Modes of operation

Management of parallel solar generators

When the battery is full, excess energy is redirected to


additional loads such as pumps, water heaters

PA 15
Characterisation of the operating performance
Power supply
Data transmission

Automatic start / stop of diesel or wind back-up


generators

Transmission frequency

Night light function

DC output side

Acoustic alarm at deep discharge or overheating

Load current

10.5 V 60 V DC, 5 mA
300 Baud
125 kHz signal frequency,
450 kHz intermediate frequency
15 A; 10 A at 40C; 100 A pulse
< 10 S

Safety

Certificates

Compliant with European Standards (CE)

Made in Germany

Developed in Germany

Manufactured according to ISO 9001 and ISO 14001

Overload protection
Wrong polarity protection

by 15 A fuse
fuse

Operating conditions
Ambient temperature

-10 C +50 C

Fitting and construction


Terminal (fine / single wire)

2.5 mm2 / 4 mm2 - AWG 14 / 12

Degree of protection

IP 22

Dimensions (X x Y x Z)

98 x 87 x 34 mm

Weight

110 g

Technical data at 25 C / 77 F

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Steca PA RC100

Accessories for Steca Xtender XTH

Steca RCC-02

Remote control

Remote control and display

Steca PA RC100 remote control allows to program Steca solar


charge controllers. The values can be adjusted with the help
of switches. After a restart of the charge controller the new
settings can be activated by pressing the program-button on
the Steca PA RC100. An LED will transfer the values to the
controller.

Lots of information on the status of the system can be retrieved using the graphic display of the Steca RCC-02. Any
incidents within the system are also saved and displayed. This
means that any problems which might occur are identified
early.
Many values of the Steca Xtender can be set using the Steca
RCC-02, such as the charging process of the battery charger,
the programming of the multifunctional contacts and the
various operating modes.

Product features

Low weight

Simple installation

Maintenance-free

Low own consumption

Best reliability

Accessories

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An SD-card slot can be used to save parameters, for transferring data or updating the software.

PA RC100
Characterisation of the operating performance
Supply voltage
Adjustable parameters

Suitable for the following


Steca charge controllers

4.5 V (3 * 1.5 V AAA / R03 batteries)


Type of battery: gel / liquid
Night-light function
End of charge voltages (float / boost / equal)
Deep discharge protection (LVD)
LVD factor
Switch-on threshold

Multifunction graphical LCD display with backlighting

Operation

Programming by buttons

RCC-02
Fitting and construction
Degree of protection

IP 20

Dimensions (X x Y x Z)

170 x 170 x 46 mm

Weight

400 g

Technical data at 25 C / 77 F

Certificates

Steca Solsum F
Steca PRS
Steca Solarix MPPT 2010

Fitting and construction


Dimensions (X x Y x Z)

Displays

Compliant with European Standards (CE)

RoHS compliant

115 x 57 x 20 mm

Weight

90 g

Technical data at 25 C / 77 F

[areas of application]

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Steca PA IRS 1008/180

Accessories for Steca Solarix PI

Steca PAx4

Motion detector

Parallel switch box

The Steca PA IRS 1008/180 motion detector is connected to


the load output of the night light charge controller. This supplies power to the light, which is then turned on for a few
minutes when some movement is detected.

Up to four Steca Solarix PI can be operated in parallel. The


connections are made via an external box, the Steca PAx4.
A further innovation that has gone into the Steca Solarix PI is
the communication with the solar charge controllers from the
Steca Tarom and Power Tarom series. A data connection to
the charge controller can be created via the Steca PAx4.

The Steca PA IRS 1008/180 stands out, above all, with its extremely low own consumption, and is therefore optimal for
use in solar power systems.
[0 A ... 5 A]

PAx4
Operating conditions
PA IRS 1008/180
Characterisation of the operating performance
Own consumption
Turn on time

Ambient temperature
Relative humidity

6 mA
1 min. ... 5 min.
12 V

Load current

5A

Cable

Interfaces

Fitting and construction


Reach / detection area
Degree of protection
Technical data at 25 C / 77 F

7 m / 180
IP 65

0 % 95 %

Fitting and construction

DC output side
Battery voltage

-20 C +45 C

data cable master: 0.5 m red


data cable slave 1: 0.5 m grey
data cable slave 2: 1m grey
data cable slave 3: 1m grey
data cable Steca Tarom: 3 m black
6 x RJ45
(4 x inverter, 2 x Steca Tarom)

Degree of protection

IP 20

Dimensions (X x Y x Z)

206 x 117 x 64 mm

Weight

800 g

Technical data at 25 C / 77 F

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"F

rom the assembly of the compo


nents to the finished device
from the development to the
after-sales service."

Environmental
protection in series
We are thinking of tomorrow
For Steca, there are many aspects to environmental
and climate protection and the resultant reduction in
CO2 and environmental poisons.

With Steca charging technology, the devices in battery


charging systems use the maximum energy storage
potential and treat damaged or totally discharged
batteries. Complete management systems for bus
maintenance facilities help prevent environmental
pollution by reducing cold-run phases.
In addition to the obvious need to apply environmentally-friendly processes, electronic products from
Steca contribute both to reducing energy consumption and environmental pollution around the world,
as well as to spreading the use of regenerative energy
sources by means of solar technology.

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Not without reason is Steca listed as an authority for


energy generation in the German federal government's environmental technology atlas Green Tech
made in Germany. Products in the area of solar electronics facilitate environmentally-friendly use of clean
and free solar energy. Today, in the photovoltaic and
solar thermal energy sectors, over 1.5 million controllers manage and control solar energy systems around
the world.

Steca environmental policy is based on sustain-ability


and environmental compatibility, with a view to providing services and producing products for an ecological
future. The company takes account of the whole valueadded chain and involves suppliers and customers. Steca
is certified in accordance with ISO 14001:2004 and
organised in accordance with the EU Environmental
Management and Audit Scheme.

The company contributes to energy savings with


the millions of electronic components it produces
for devices classified in energy efficiency class A++,
such as motion detectors or network circuit breakers.
Devices for water and weather measuring technology facilitate further research into our environment.
Electronics utilised in the fields of medicine and industry regulate analysis and production processes and
thereby save energy and materials. Further examples
include photovoltaic controllers for improving the energy balance in automobile applications. All batteryoperated devices are developed for minimum electricity consumption with maximum output.

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S olar T hermal

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StecaGrid 300 and


StecaGrid 500

Solar controllers

StecaGrid 2010+

Heating and
domestic hot water
controllers

StecaGrid 10 000 3ph

System controllers

Modem

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Solar home system


This device is particularly suitable for
solar home systems.

LCD display
This device has a digital display which
allows different system information
to be shown.

Inverter system
This device is suitable for applications
of higher performance classes or for
supplying entire villages.

Camping
This device is particularly suitable for
use in mobile homes or for camping
applications.

Hybrid system
Suitable for hybrid systems in which
additional generators are used.

Energy efficiency class


This device is highly energy efficient
highest qualification A++

S ymbols

Battery Charging S ystems

PV Off Grid

Night light function


This device is suitable for night light
systems.

Mobile Use

Uninterruptible power supply


This device can also charge the
battery from an external AC source.

SOC
This device calculates the state of
charge of the battery using the
AtonIC processor.

Telecom
This device is specially suitable for
all kinds of telecommunication
applications.

Symbols
Stationary Use

Remote monitoring
This device can transfer data using
wires, telephone cables or wirelessly.

Sea water
This device is particularly protected
against moisture and corrosion.

Prepayment
This device is suitable for prepayment
applications for bringing electricity to
rural areas.

6720 W

Equipment

Solar module performance


Maximum input power of the
connected solar modules.

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no liability for imprecise or missing information in this catalogue.
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Steca PV Off Grid Power from the sun


for rural electrification.

Steca Elektronik GmbH


Mammostrae 1
87700 Memmingen
Germany
Fon +49 (0) 8331 8558-0
Fax +49 (0) 8331 8558-132

732.238 | 03.2011
by Steca

PV Off Grid